The Asheville / Hendersonville area in North Carolina has been a favorite destination of ours for years. But since we usually stayed in Gatlinburg (1.5 hours away), touring this area has been limited to quick day trips. We eagerly looked forward to exploring this area at a more leisurely pace.
One of Jeff’s all-time favorite mountain biking spots is at the DuPont State Recreational forest. A day trip from our Gatlinburg cabin to DuPont was a 4 hour round trip commitment, so he usually only managed one visit during our family vacations. This time staying nearby, I believe we went 4 or 5 times! I’m sure he’ll post a video review at some point.
The amenities at DuPont have evolved considerably since Jeff first began visiting here in the mid 90’s, around the time the DuPont land was sold to the State of North Carolina. Early on, there were gravel parking areas and maybe a Porta-let, if you were lucky. Now there is a bonafide Visitor’s Center and several actual restrooms. Sweet!
Since I was along for these visits, Jeff was able to use me as his Sherpa. I dropped him off at the highest trail head and drove back downhill to the visitor’s center to park. While he romped on the bike trails, I hit the hiking trails.
DuPont forest is most known for its beautiful waterfalls. During my visits, I explored many of them: Triple Falls, High Falls, Hooker Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Grassy Creek Falls. The trails aren’t especially difficult; my average hike was 5-ish miles with only moderate elevation change. But the waterfalls are absolutely beautiful and it’s a wonderful way to get your Fitbit steps in! So beautiful – photos don’t really do it justice.