Forest receives gift of 476 acre 'Donut Hole'

In an exciting development built on years of work, the DuPont Company has gifted the 476-acre tract of land in the very center of the forest to the state of North Carolina.  The tract is the site of the former DuPont film plant owned that at…
Crowds converge on Hooker Falls. Photo by David Brown

Fabulous News for the Forest

by Nancy Kay The NC state budget has been finalized and it’s all fantastic news for DuPont State Recreational Forest. The initial House budget called for substantial financial support for the Forest, but the Senate version allocated…
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Public Hearing Concerns Remediation at "Donut Hole" Inside DuPont Forest

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REMEDIATE Risk-Based RemediationPursuant to Part 8 of Article 9 of Chapter 130A of the General Statutes Former DuPont Brevard Site 1300 Staton Road Cedar Mountain, Transylvania County, North Carolina EPA ID No.…

FODF Supports Proposed Remediation Plan For "Donut Hole"

Our previous post included the public notice for a public hearing on the proposed remediation plan for the 420 acre "donut hole" inside DuPont State Recreational Forest.  This tract was originally an industrial site (DuPont) and has been in…

Preserving Forest Is Goal of Fees Proposal

At the April 19th Annual Meeting for FODF, Forest Supervisor Jason Guidry outlined a user fee proposal to help manage surging growth, pay for needed facility upgrades and protect delicate habitats. This proposal has been made after consultation…

Forest announces temporary trail closures starting in May to protect blue ghost fireflies

RALEIGH – DuPont State Recreational Forest will be closing several trails at the High Falls Access Area to prevent further impacts to blue ghost firefly populations. The closures will take place at night from mid-May through early June. The…
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Tour de Falls scheduled Mother's Day Weekend, May 7 & 8th

The popular waterfalls tour of DuPont waterfalls has been scheduled for Mother's Day Weekend, May 7 & 8th. DuPont State Recreational Forest Mother’s Day Tour: May 7 & 8, 2016 Fall Tour: October 8 & 9, 2016 9:00 am - 2:30…

Friends to Celebrate 15 Year Anniversary of DuPont Waterfalls

The Friends of DuPont will celebrate the 15th anni-versary of the state’s acquisition of “The Heart of the Forest” Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1-3 p.m. at the Aleen Steinberg Visitor Center. There will be a special DuPont cake and hot cider,…

New National Geographic Waterproof Map Released in Cooperation with FODF

Friends of DuPont Forest has partnered with National Geographic to create a Trails Illustrated Topographic Map of DuPont State Recreational Forest. This map includes suggested routes highlighted with descriptions and elevation profiles. Routes…

Letter from Forest Supervisor regarding NC National Guard use of DuPont plant site

October 2, 2015 Dear Friends of DuPont Forest, I understand that the news story from WLOS that came out earlier this week has raised some questions and concerns about the NC National Guard using the DuPont plant site for a variety of uses.…

Wild Creatures in DuPont - Black Bear, Ravens, and the rare Lichen Grasshopper

Black Bears The population of black bears (Ursus americanus) in our state has increased tenfold over the last 30 years, and the current population is estimated to be about 20,000 ani-mals. Not only are they growing in numbers, they are also…

New Suggested Routes Trail Guide for DuPont Available

Friends of DuPont Forest has published a new 18-page booklet detailing suggested trail routes around the Forest.   Because of the crowded trails around the primary waterfalls (High Falls, Triple Falls, and Hooker Falls), this guide focuses…

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