Friends of DuPont Announce the DuPont Forest Festival

On National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 22, 2018 Friends of DuPont Forest will launch the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness, and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“We envision a schedule of events that weave in guided tours – hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, educational lectures, and hands-on demonstrations. I think of it as an outdoor conference that shows off DuPont Forest and teaches our communities about the importance of our public lands and their role in protecting them,” says Sara Landry, executive director of Friends of DuPont Forest.

Friends of DuPont Forest is now accepting proposals for Forest Festival activities. The organization invites members of the community to share their outdoor knowledge and lead a demonstration, tour, or lecture. To put your name in the hat, submit your Forest Festival Activity proposal. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 16th, 2018.

Possible activities include:
Science Experiments
Wildlife Hike
Tree Identification Hike
Forestry Demonstration
Fly Fishing Demonstration
Horseback Riding Tour / Demonstration
Map / Compass Demonstration
Outdoor Gear Demonstration
Optimizing Avenza Map App
Mountain Bike Demonstration
Mountain Bike Tour
Demo Day at Lake Julia
Yoga at Big Rock
History Tour
Movie Tour

For questions about the proposal process and / or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Landry at 828.713.2368 or


Friends of DuPont Forest Night

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Join us at Sanctuary Brewing for Friends of DuPont Forest Night.
10% of proceeds go to Friends of DuPont Forest because the folks at Sanctuary Brewing Company are awesome!

We’ll use that money to help maintain the 80+ miles of trails in DuPont Forest and to launch edcuation and research projects. #science!

Everyone is welcome – members, nonmembers, kids, dogs – we’ll see you there!

RSVP on Facebook.


Spring Tour de Falls May 13 & 14, 2017


Tour de Falls is a family friendly guided bus tour of Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia in DuPont State Recreational Forest.

Tickets are not required but donations are requested.
$12 donation (18yrs+)
$6 donation (6 – 17yrs)

All donations benefit Friends of DuPont Forest.* Cash or check only please.

Tour de Falls Parking and Shuttle Service
Join the tour at the entrance off Staton Road just south of High Falls Access Area (aka the doughnut hole entrance).

Planning for Tour de Falls

  • Visitors should bring snacks and water.
  • Buses run every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
  • A full tour may take 3 hours or longer.
  • Friends of DuPont Forest volunteers provide information about history and natural resources within the 10,400 acre forest.
  • Pets, wheelchairs, and walkers are not allowed on buses.
  • Light refreshments will be available in the lodge (Ranger Station) overlooking Lake Julia.
  • Busses are not handicapped accessible

For more information please call Sara Landry at828.713.2368 or email 

*Tour de Falls benefits Friends of DuPont Forest, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s enjoyment of DuPont Forest while protecting its natural and historic resources. We work with the NC Forest Service to improve and maintain 80+ miles of trail system, host educational and forest research projects, and provide funding for special projects such as the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center.