Dupont State Forest

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80
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 21,700 ft
↓ 21,600 ft
2,868
elevation (ft)
5
avg mph
364
ridden
268
wishlist
2:40
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
4.58 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on December 31, 2002
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Dupont State Forest is a vast, expansive area with about 80 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails. Here in Dupont, you'll find a little bit of everything, ranging from gorgeous trails with rushing waterfalls, easy doubletrack, challenging, technical singletrack, steep slickrock, and flowy dirt descents.

Be sure to check out the Big Rock, Burnt Mountain, and Cedar Rock trails in order to experience the excellent East Coast slickrock! Also, you have to make sure to descend the Ridgeline Trail (#65)--talk about flowy and fast!

One recommended route of many:
Ride across the road to the yellow gate marked Corn Mill Shoals Rd. Go through the gate and take the second trail on the left. This is a steep climb and comes out on some slickrock openings. Follow the painted arrows on the rock and follow the trail to the top of the mountain, then back down on the slickrock. After emerging at the power lines, take a hard right down the hill towards the dirt road (effectively a 180 degree turn). Turn right onto this dirt road and follow it down to Bridal Veil Trail. Take a right onto this trail and follow it to Corn Mill Shoals Road. Turn left. Next, turn right at Little River trail. This trail will go up for a while and becomes Burnt Mountain trail. Continue up the hill. After reaching the top of this mountain, there is an insanely steep downhill that leads back to Corn Mill Shoals road. Go left and you will be back at the yellow gate from the beginning. Overall, about a 7 or 8 mile loop. There are several loops here so get a map and check out some of the other stuff. Its easy to get lost out here so bring these directions or a map. Lots of slickrock riding - I've been told this is what Moab is like. These trails are fun because they are different, but they are also pretty tough and muddy after it rains.
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System Trails (22)
Reasonover Creek Trail
5 Falls Dupont Sf
Corn Mill Shoals East
Imaging
Kids Bike Loop
Wilkie Trail, #90
Micajah Trail (#54)
Rock Quarry Road
Buckhorn Creek Road #10
Corn Mill Shoals Trail #19
Burnt Mountain Trail #11
Little River Trail #51
Cedar Rock Trail #16
Big Rock Trail #3
Nooks Trail #57
Lake Imaging Road #45
Jim Branch Trail #41
Buck Forest Road #8
Tarklin Branch Road #80
Hickory Mountain Road #33
Ridgeline Trail #65
Mine Mountain
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tarheelmountainbiker on September 6, 2014
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Review: Has lot of everything. Ridgeline is a must and a scream! Several ways to get to the top before going down. Corn Mill Shoals loop is a great challenge. Not Slickrock but unique for the southeast. Dupont is a great place to also swim and hike to see waterfalls.

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Lesley Hart on July 8, 2014
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Review: Burnt Mtn. Is an awesome downhill but a difficult climb to get there. The downhill is on granite rock marked with little stacks of rocks.

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Lesley Hart on July 8, 2014
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Review: Hickory Mtn. Loop is a very difficult single track that is a very tough climb either way you ride it. In my opinion skip it and go straight for Ridgeline which is awesome.

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Lesley Hart on July 8, 2014
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Review: Hickory Mtn. Loop is a very difficult single track that is a very tough climb either way you ride it. In my opinion skip it and go straight for Ridgeline which is awesome.

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Lesley Hart on July 8, 2014
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Review: The ride I like starts at lake imaging parking lot. I start on lake imaging road to Hilltop trail, which is a nice fast single track. From hilltop trail back to lake imaging road to Buck Forest road to Thomas Cemetery Road to Tarkiln Branch Rd. from there to branch off on Sandy trail which is a nice little single track then over to Wintergreen Falls Trail which has a nice waterfall. From there to Hickory Mtn. Rd which brings you to Ridgeline Trail. I find this loop a great way to get to Ridgeline with a few nice single tracks added into the service roads which I use to climb because it is easier. To me this is a nice about 10 mile loop with a combination of service roads and single track.

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Lesley Hart on July 3, 2014
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Review: The Ridge line single track downhill is awesome. It is fast and flowy and if you start at the very top of it there are even some decent jumps.

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Zachary Mckee on April 4, 2014
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Review: Awesome place to ride mtb. Has something for everyone. Have to check out ridgeline, airstrip and cedar rock if your gonna be there.

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ccsarge05 on March 8, 2014
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Review: East coast mountain biking at it's best. Ridge line is a must ride "fast and flowing" mile & 1/2 downhill with great jumps at the top.

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Matt_Noel on February 16, 2014
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Review: Beautiful scenery rivers waterfalls. Pretty muddy.

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Justin Morabito on November 4, 2013
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Review: We just spent the day in Dupont and I have to say it is my best mountain bike experience yet. We started over on Jim Branch up (the first section makes you wonder what the H*** you are doing here), but then it is just a climb after that. We took ridgeline down, and we were instantly hooked!!! Flowy and fast, and other than the horseback riders we encountered, was the longest continuous downhill I think I have ever been on. Great flow and the trail was in great shape, albeit covered in leaves and pine needles.

From there we headed over to the Corn Mill Shoals area. We rode Corn Mill Shoals to Burnt Mountain. Awesome downhill that required a dropped seat post. Onwards to Little River and up to Cedar Rock. Listen, no one loves climbing, and if they say they do, they are lying. But this climb was fun. It is almost exclusively up a rock face. As long as it is dry it is very doable. When you get to the power lines, you make a left. The trail is marked by small piles of rocks. If you pay attention, it is easy to find. The climb is consistent and long, but so worth it. You get to the top and it is about a 270 degree view of the mountains. This is why we ride. The downhill Big Rock was also amazing.

Lastly we drove over to the Fawn Lake parking lot and road Fawn Lake Road up to the airstrip. Why is it called airstrip you ask? Because there is an actual tarmac airstrip in the middle of the forest. Gee, I wish I had flown my private plane in to ride...SO Airstrip the single track is an awesome, fast downhill. I hope (or think) that they should make this a one way trail. There is NO reason you should be riding it up. It is meant to be ridden down. We took a quick detour and headed over to Bridal Veil Falls. I am so glad that we did. What a site, and with the absolute silence of the forest you can hear the falls before you see them. Epic spot to stop and take a break. From there we found our way over to Reasonover Creek. Personally I felt that this trail was torture. Just when you thought you were done climbing, you start to climb again. It just seems to never end. We rode it clockwise, which I think was the wrong way to go. There is a downhill at the end (before the final, you guessed it, uphill) but we didn't think that the downhill was worth all of the uphill. I would think that this trail even in the counter-clockwise direction would be very climby. We were not almost 20 miles in for the day, so we partially chalked it up to fatigue, and it didn't ruin our day, but it was a tough way to end a great day. Can't wait to go back and try other trails, and hit our favorites from today.

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JerryC on October 31, 2013
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Review: We had just spent the previous two days in Tsali and making our way through some must ride trails in N.C. Dupont was all it was all it had been written up to be. We checked into Sycamore Cycles in Brevard for some trail info, excellent shop and very friendly/helpful. They are adding a coffee shop so check them out, They rent also. The trails. We rode up and to the right up a long climb on gravel/access road, rode a couple smaller loops and then came down Jim Branch. This was a blast to ride down, make sure you do Jim Branch down. Then we rode up Ridgeline and up some crazy steep climb (Hickory i am thinking). This part of the route is being rerouted and needs to be. Then we rode back down Ridgeline. This was Jim Branch on steroids. Be prepared to have a good time! Make sure you get a map from the local bike shops. We were somewhat disappointed that the trails are so broken up by access roads and it takes some local knowledge to know what trail to do in what direction. The local shop set us up with best routes and directions.

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haneriali@gmail.com on October 29, 2013
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Review: I love riding in Dupont. Not as technical or difficult as Pisgah trails, but something for everyone. Even expert-level riders can enjoy the miles of trails -- stop and see some of the dozens of waterfalls.

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haneriali@gmail.com on October 29, 2013
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Review: Great riding for all levels. Not super technical -- not double-black diamond stuff. Fun for all ages. If you cannot have fun on Ridgeline -- you shouldn't be mountain biking.

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bradlarino on June 30, 2013
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Review: I had an experience similar to strack26 on a trip my brother and I took in June, 2013. We parked near High Falls and took Buck Forest Road (8) to get across to Stone Mountain. I only heard good things about Dupont, so I figured I could pick just about any trail in the system and be satisfied, so we picked the highest peak in the park, Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain Trail on the east side of the forest, and it could definitely use a switchback or two or eight. I don't care what kind of shape you're in or what kind of bike you have, you're not getting up that trail on your bike. There were a lot of portions of the trail that needed some love after some erosion from rain and runoff. After hiking up our bikes the view was decent, but the downhill on Stone Mountain wasn't really worth the climb. The trails that we hit getting up there Thomas Cemetery Road (81), White Pine Loop (87), Poplar Trail (63), Rifle Trail (66), and Rocky Ridge Trail (69) were nothing special. It wasn't until our way back that we hit Hickory Mountain Loop (32) and Ridgeline Trail (65) that it started to get good. Hickory Mountain was a little bit more manageable of a climb and Ridgeline had the fast flowiness that I heard about. Jim Branch Trail (41), Isaac Heath Trail (40) and Hilltop Trail (35) were also decent, but nothing spectacular.

I will most likely be back because even after the 20 mile trek, we didn't even come close to hitting half the trails the system has to offer. Let me know what I was doing wrong for our next trip because we found ourselves hiking our bikes half the time, and definitely killed the flow of the trails.

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blackmomba on June 30, 2013
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Review: you'll like Airstrip trail if you enjoyed Ridge line. Airstrip has more switchbacks and bums downhill.
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bhair3 on December 26, 2012
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Review: This place is awesome! If your just starting out once you ride ridgeline your hooked.. The slickrock is also really fast.. Burnt mountain has some nice smooth spots with multiple jumps. If you love riding this is one place you have to check out!

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strack26 on November 4, 2012
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Review: A buddy and I drove up to check these trails out based on all of the hype. However, I have to say I was not totally impressed and I was a little underwhelmed with the place. First of all this is considered an "IMBA Epic" rode. However, in the area that we went to (Corn Mill Shoals area), I don't think that it lives up to its billing as an epic ride. We started out at Corn Mill Shoals Parking Area and headed down the Corn Mill Shoals Trail, onto the Little River Trail and then up Cedar Rock Trail, then down Big Rock trail. Finally, we finished off with the Burnt Mountain Trail. We were disappointed because there is not much flow to these trails on this side of the forest. Maybe there are better trails elsewhere in the forest, but we did not find them here. We also found in this area that you basically have two types of polar opposite trails with not much in between. On one hand, you have the flat easy doubletrack old fire roads like Corn Mill Shoals and Little River. Then, on the other hand, you have seemingly impossible uphill/downhill extremely steep double black diamond technical trails like Cedar Rock and Big Rock. It was very hard to get a good flow going here and it seemed like we hiked-a-bike up most of the technical uphill trails. There was no way to ride up these trails. The only decent trail was Burnt Mountain that at least gave you some flow for a little while. Maybe we will try some other areas of the forest later (like Ridgeline), but I would not recommend the Corn Mill Shoals area of the forest.

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Guest on February 4, 2013
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Review: You must have done something wrong. This is some the best riding in the country.
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corndoggreg on September 6, 2012
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Review: DSF trail system is a must ride. There are trails out here for all levels. Cool slickrock trails and some of the best scenery NC has to offer.

Similar Trail: Kingdom Trails

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martinkeith on August 27, 2012
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Review: EPIC RIDE! The Tripple Falls, covered bridge, and other water falls were very scenic. I rode 13 miles and only covered a fraction of what's available. Ridgeline is the trail you take 1st timers down so that they will fall in love with mountain biking. Dupont is my new #1 in front of Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, AL and Ocoee in TN. Shout out to Nick P. and wife.

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Awesome trail system with fun riding on rock slabs and beautiful creeks and waterfalls.

Similar Trail: Bend Creek in Asheville

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irishpitbull on June 1, 2012
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Review: One of the greatest trail system in the east for sure. This system has everything from technical trails to flowy downhills. The views are mind blowing.

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bboehman on April 23, 2012
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Review: Great trail system with something for everyone. Great views and waterfalls. I love driving down to NC to ride and this is one of the best!

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twillgolf on March 8, 2012
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Review: Great place to ride. Over 80 miles of trails ranging from flat gravel forest roads to challenging, fast single track. Has something for every level of rider from kids to experts.

Similar Trail: Bent Creek

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jhato160 on September 28, 2011
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Review: This trail is sick. Mostly mountain bike around Georgia so this is the first trail I have been on that I would consider very difficult. The climbs are brutal and the downhill's require diapers. Really cool small river that you can cross. My buddies and I rode Dupont to get warmed up for an epic ride in Pisgah.

Similar Trail: None that I have ridden up to this point.

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darrinw2001 on September 2, 2011
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Review: We were only able to ride about 8 trails here, but all were awesome! lots of different riding including fast downhills, long climbs, rocks, some roots, creek crossings, slick rock, you name it it has it! Make sure you do get a map for sure.. we bought one from a rider who was leaving for twice the retail price and were glad we did.. We will be back and ride for a few days next time for sure! W/ over 80 miles of everything you could want, 1 day is not enough!

Similar Trail: nothing I have ridden is similar, this place is awesome

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Casey_Anderson on September 2, 2011
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Review: Lots of different options -- miles and miles of interconnected trails, amazing scenery (including several waterfalls) and excellent variety (some trails have steep grades and lots of rocks, others are gradual climbs on smooth surfaces, a few have amazing slickrock, etc.) The only downside is that most of the dozens of trails are pretty short, and it is easy to get confused about which trail you are on even if you are following the trail map closely. It would be a mistake to ride here without the map -- you could get very lost very easily, and while you would not be stuck in the backcountry, you will waste a lot of time and energy trying to figure out where you are where you want to go.

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Greg Heil on July 22, 2011
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Review: In my opinion, this is one of the best mountain bike trail systems in North Carolina, the Southeast, and could rank well with most of the trails I've ridden in the rocky mountains! If any system is worthy of the title "Epic Ride," this is it! I wrote about this trail in the article "My Top Five: The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Western North Carolina" for the Singletracks.com blog: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/my-top-five-the-best-mountain-bike-trails-in-western-north-carolina/ Here is what I had to say: "Putting “Dupont State Forest” in first place is a little bit of a cheap shot, as there are over 80 miles of trails available in the forest. The various trails contain steep slickrock, flowy singletrack in the trees, scenic waterfalls, jumps, rocky technical sections, steep climbs, rhododendron tunnels, and more. I have not explored every single one of the trails yet, but so far the trail combination that includes the most slickrock is easily my favorite. In fact, it may be one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden… ever. This East Coast slickrock experience is not to be missed!"

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GoldenGoose on March 2, 2011
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Review: As stated before, there is truly something for everyone in this trail system. Beginner to advanced, SS rigid rider to full geared FS, you will find something out here that you like. The problem, albeit a small one compared to the issues at other trails, is that you have to figure out where the good ones are and the layout of this place makes that no simple task. You can either make multiple trips to explore, meet up with someone who knows the area already, or download someone else's GPS track and hope that they like the same stuff you do. As great as the riding is, it can also be just as confusing to find "the good stuff" if it's your first time there. A lot of "trails" are more like jeep roads and it would have been nice to skip these. For the most part, I've found that the true singletrack techy trails are mainly found on the western half of the park. There are certainly some good rides to be found in the eastern half but if I only had one day to ride, as I did today, I would focus on the western trails. The evidence points to the horse people riding more frequently on the eastern trails as well.

Similar Trail: Bull/Jake Mountain, Pinhoti

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Gronckle on October 2, 2010
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Review: Fantastic! Superb slickrock climbs and descents, great views, and great variety of trails. Cruise along gentle jeep trails or singletrack, take some crazy legburning climbs or take some crazy hard technical downhills. Some of the toughest, but most fun trails ive been on, and I only scratched the surface, I will definitely return as soon as humanly possible. Keep an eye out- some sections are smooth sailing, but some sections are knock-your-teeth-out double diamond difficult if you aren't careful.

Similar Trail: Bent Creek

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FishBoy87 on September 22, 2010
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Review: Powerline climb is a leg crusher! Fun slick rock downhills and great opportunities for awesome pictures

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sturides on June 21, 2010
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Review: Enjoyed a Fathers Day ride from Corn Mill Shoals parking up to Cedar Rock and then Burnt Mtn trail. Great trail conditions made for a screamin fast decent of Burnt Mtn. Many thanks to Friends of Dupont and the local SORBA clubs.

Similar Trail: Reasonover Creek Trail

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jaybird57 on May 21, 2010
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Review: Nice climbs, fast descents, sweet singletrack, slickrock, waterfalls, mountain vistas... what more could you ask for? Dupont Rocks \m/

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Brandon_Hasson on April 19, 2010
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Review: Incredible! Only had about 2 hours to ride with several guys. I must say that the downhills are intense and a pure adrenaline rush. Great berms on the decents help you keep it on the trail. The climbs will kick your tail, but the decents are worth the pain! We rode Lake Imaging Rd, Locust, Issac Heath, Buck Forest Rd, White Pine, Hooker Creek, then the grand finale...Ridgeline Trail. Ridgeline was AWESOME!!! Haven't experience such a rush on a bike...ever! Signage was great at Dupont. Using the map can be a bit confusing at first, but you get adjusted. This is by far the best trail that I've ridden in NC thus far. I'm definitely going back for more MTB...and hiking because there are like 5 waterfalls in Dupont. * Review edited 7/5/2010

* Review edited 10/8/2010

Similar Trail: None to compare...league of its own!

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sturides on April 7, 2010
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Review: Started riding this area last year. What a great selection of trails. Rode it this winter - on snow and ice - made for some interesting riding and serious bruises.

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Larry_Tamburro on October 16, 2009
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Review: Second time on the trail, still probably my favorite ride so far. Great scenery,some tough climbs and great downhills. Bridal Veil Falls is a worthwhile sidetrip to the recommended route. I'll be back next year

Similar Trail: no real comparisons

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mtnspectre on June 21, 2009
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Review: This place was a blast! Went by myself and wound up riding with a few other guys there. Tons of trails to ride and a creek crossing that is challenging. All the ups are rewarded with some nice downs.

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AaronofKent on January 9, 2009
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Review: This place is brilliant! Some of the trails are worn beach-smooth, you'll find yourself rock-hopping across the summit. A nice map is posted here: http://arhampton.110mb.com/files/Dupont_Map.pdf

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JDW on November 9, 2008
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Review: Rode DuPont for first time this weekend. Tried "Epic" route shown on DuPont's website. A lot of sandy and rock littered trails which makes climbing fairly difficult to virtually unclimbable (like Grassy Creek Trail and Joanna Trail to Pinnacle Mtn Rd). Reasonover Creek Trail, Mine Mountain Trail, Laurel Ridge Trail, Shoals Trail and Burnt Mtn Trail are all fun; Cedar Rock Trail is a lung buster; Bridal Veil Falls are beautiful. One of the best downhill singletracks is Ridgeline Trail when ridden from Hickory Mtn Trail to Lake Imaging Rd. Avoid Hooker Creek Trail (soft deep sand and rocks with killer climbs both directions). I'm amped to go back and ride the other trails we missed!

* Review edited 11/10/2008

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dawgys on October 30, 2008
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Review: Slick rock, Rocks!!!! Great trail, fun and fluid....I almost rode it over again, but the wife wanted to leave....Still a great ride and an AMAZING view from the top. Some good uphills, but nothing to bust a lung over...Well worth exploring the "D" Forest. Loved it

Similar Trail: Not quite like Moab slick rock but close enough for the east coast!

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aabiking on September 23, 2008
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Review: I finally got to ride DuPont and what a great time it was! I only got to ride the south end of the park which is the most popular from what I hear. The trails are moderate to dificult with a mixture of smooth flowing machine cut trails to rocky, twisty turning trails, to solid granite. There are tricky creek crossings that I watched others ride before I attempted and I made it fine. For riders looking for a three day adventure your can get it here and if you wanted to mix in some knarly single track then Pisgah is just a 30 minute drive. This is a great mountain bike destination and I would recomend it to anyone that is looking for a new place to ride.

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jakegeorge823 on August 13, 2008
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Review: Dupont has some of the best trails that I have ridden in my short MTB career. There are several phenomenal downhills including the Airstrip Trail (fast and tight), Cedar Mt. Trail (slickrock, very technical) and Burnt Mt. Trail (a little of both). Combined with the majestic scenery, Dupont is hands down my favorite MTB destination. Pick up a map, follow a trail, and cool off in one of the many waterfalls found in this park. You will not be disappointed.

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gcarlson on June 17, 2008
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Review: If you can make it to the top gorgeous views await. The climbs are knarly and the descents are wicked fun

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sideshow75 on January 26, 2008
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Review: What can I saw about this system...I am moving to Asheville to be closer to it!!! Spend a weekend there and you may ride one third of the trails available in this amazing area. Beautiful scenery, great variety, and fantastically maintained trails are what makes this area one of the must rides in the southeast. Worth the trip reguardless of the distance.

* Review edited 1/26/2008

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weswhittle on January 22, 2008
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Review: Dupont forest has more than 10,000 acres of forest, trails, and waterfalls with 90+ marked and mapped fire roads and singletrack. Only about 5 miles are on the granite"slickrock". check out http://www.dupontforest.com/ for details. Check out Stone Mountain and rocky ridge trail for technical rocky downhills. Burnt Mtn trail off of Corn Mill Shoals has recently been re-done. It now has jumps and rollers similar to a BMX track in one area, but the gnarly downhill is still there. Its a mix, smooth or technical singletrack, solid rock or loamy forest paths crossing mtn streams, even smooth gravel forest roads for beginners. Get a map ( http://www.dupontforest.com/images/2007FODFMapFront.jpg ), go explore!

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gatorback on October 7, 2007
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Review: This is a great place to go spend hours riding and exploring. Fill a Camelback and take a lunch. Definitely buy a map of the forest before you go. Riding the "eastern slickrock" is a must. I rode for 2.5 hours at DuPont by myself on a weekday and had a blast. When I go back I'll take more water and a lunch and spend 4 or more hours out there.

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Crash929 on September 18, 2007
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Review: Great series of trails in NC be sure to stop and take int the scenery, High Falls is absolutely stunning

Similar Trail: If in NC Tsali

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jeff on September 10, 2007
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Review: Please stay on the marked trails at Dupont. The granite here hosts a pretty unique habitat for many moss and plant species and careless riding can do alot of damage. Ride responsibly, keep trails open for future riders!

Similar Trail: Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA.

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bclark on August 6, 2007
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Review: Wow!!! a little bit of everything on this trail. Tough climbs, sweet single track, little bit of down hill, creek crossings, great views. One local told me there was 80 miles of trails here. I found it helpfull to ask people about what trails not to miss and what direction to take them because going the wrong way on some of these can quickly turn a fun downhill section into a very tough climb. A map is a must http://www.dupontforest.com/maps.asp or you can pick one up at many of the local stores.

Similar Trail: Tsali

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ositoking on May 7, 2007
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Review: This is definitely the best in the area. Great climbs on rocks. Awesome view from the top! Awesome fast downhill, too. There are technical sections, aswell.

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richardsons106 on January 21, 2007
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Review: I can't even count (or remember) how many different trails (and which ones) I have ridden in Dupont. They're all awesome. The trails offer something for every stage of rider, from beginner to expert. Love the views, but more-so the trails!

Similar Trail: Pisgah Forest, Brevard

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k2pooh on January 15, 2007
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Review: We rode for almost 3 hours on 12/6/6 and hardly even made a dent in this expansive system. But we did manage to see 3 out of the 4 waterfalls though. Didnít have a chance to make it to slick rock L, but our day went just fine without it. Found some great trails that lead to awesome downhills. Thereís lots of people, dog and horse traffic out there so you have to ride a bit more cautiously. The system is set up that you ride fire roads and the single tracks shoot off of that to another fire road. Map is a little difficult to read, but the trails are marked well. Well worth it. Looking forward to do more exploring.

Similar Trail: Tanasi, Tenn.

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mountainzen on March 21, 2006
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Review: One of my all-time favorite rides. The climb up Cedar Hill Knob (got that right?) Is BRUTAL and BEAUTIFUL.

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Guest on September 20, 2005
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Review: If you\'ve been riding here a lot, and want something different check out stone mountain trail. Its at the North East Corner of the park. You should park at Guion and ride up the dirt rode until you see Stone Moutain Trail on the left. Its a wide double track. Turn right and continue up Stone Mountain. You\'ll turn left at the next intersection unless you look at the trail and think better of it. Its pretty freakin steep the whole way up, lots of rocks too. It\'s a little less than a mile though, so not too bad. You should come out in a field. If you know you\'ll have no problem riding down what you just came up then keep going up with your bike across the field onto a single track. If not, just stash your bike here and walk up through the woods. You\'ll ride for a little ways but inevitably push up the last part. You come out to a rock face with a pretty cool view. Now turn around and go back the way you came. There\'s one really steep drop with a badly positioned tree which you probably noticed on the way up. I did it when the trail was covered in snow one time. Just don\'t use you\'re front brake. Once you start coming down the road at 30+ mph you\'ll understand why you came up all that c***. It won\'t last nearly as long as you want it to, but it is definately worth it. Now go right back towards where you came but take the second right onto rocky ridge. Its double track to, but its really fast and had some nice waterbars and a couple cool jumps hidden along the side. You can figure out how to get back from the bottom.

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EZ-E on July 11, 2005
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Review: Corn Mill Shoals Trailhead - Sweet technical trails! Just about every trail down the slick rock is super fast!! Your brakes will get a workout...watch out for the natural dips and potholes on the rock trails - some could be endo city. Several spots on the slickrock where there are trees there are lots of roots which can make a climb difficult. But there are plenty of spots throughout the network to catch air. Signage and trail blazes could be better down on the trails in the woods, there are only the park trail signs and the MTB blazes are unclear to non-existent. The trails down in the woods can be sandy and muddy. You can cross the river to other DuPont trails under Bridal Veil Falls. You need to do a couple of trips out here to get oriented.

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blando62 on September 14, 2004
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Review: DuPont is a great place to ride, for people of all ages and abilities. There is so much to ride and nothing ever gets old!!! I personally recomend Burnt Mtn and the new (and improved) Corn Mill Shoals trail (all of it). Burnt Mtn. loops off of CMS and you can create endless loops off of this trail itself.

Similar Trail: In DuPont - Mine Mtn. In Pisgan - Black Mtn to Avery's Creek

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reh on April 9, 2004
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Review: Wonderful views. Great system. Hard, easy and in between

Similar Trail: Bent Creek

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Guest on October 25, 2003
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Review: My wife & I rode much of the loop descriped (Big Rock Trail, Cedar Rock Trail to the power lines, Bridal Veil Trail straight back to Corn Mill Shoals Road without the Burnt Mountain and Little River Trail loop) recently on a Saturday while we were visiting family & friends in NC. To give you an idea of what perspective I write from, I have been riding regularly for about 5 years; she rides less frequently than I do but has picked up the skills quite well. The ride was definitely worth our while! The initial climb was a decent challenge (the rock water breaks added to that), and the granite sections were a ton of fun! The vista view from the top was gorgeous with all the fall colors, not to mention the interesting rock formations and small pine trees. The descent wasn't too difficult, but there were some sections with loose rocks that required some concentration. The doubletrack/fire road sections were a little bland, but the ascent, slickrock, scenery, and descent more than made up for it. We also did a short warm-up on the other trails right near the parking lot. The whole thing took us 1 hr 45 minutes at a fairly leisurely pace, so the longer loop described by the other reviewers should be well within the grasp of even a fairly new rider. I would recommend this loop to anyone, whether just starting out or someone who has been riding for years like me. Don't forget your camera like we did!

Similar Trail: I live far away, so I'm afraid I don't know the area well enough to recommend another trail close by. If you're going to ride in DuPont, make sure you get a map.

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Guest on October 25, 2003
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Review: My wife & I rode much of the loop descriped (Big Rock Trail, Cedar Rock Trail to the power lines, Bridal Veil Trail straight back to Corn Mill Shoals Road without the Burnt Mountain and Little River Trail loop) recently on a Saturday while we were visiting family & friends in NC. To give you an idea of what perspective I write from, I have been riding regularly for about 5 years; she rides less frequently than I do but has picked up the skills quite well. The ride was definitely worth our while! The initial climb was a decent challenge (the rock water breaks added to that), and the granite sections were a ton of fun! The vista view from the top was gorgeous with all the fall colors, not to mention the interesting rock formations and small pine trees. The descent wasn't too difficult, but there were some sections with loose rocks that required some concentration. The doubletrack/fire road sections were a little bland, but the ascent, slickrock, scenery, and descent more than made up for it. We also did a short warm-up on the other trails right near the parking lot. The whole thing took us 1 hr 45 minutes at a fairly leisurely pace, so the longer loop described by the other reviewers should be well within the grasp of even a fairly new rider. I would recommend this loop to anyone, whether just starting out or someone who has been riding for years like me. Don't forget your camera like we did!

Similar Trail: I live far away, so I'm afraid I don't know the area well enough to recommend another trail close by. If you're going to ride in DuPont, make sure you get a map.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: This is a fantastic ride! The slickrock is unparalleled anywhere else in the state, the flatter sections are still fun, and the Burnt Mountain trail offers classic twisty, fast, steep, technical singletrack with great jumps. Ride here on popular days and weekends instead of the more well known and crowded Pisgah National Forest or Tsali Rec. Area. For more info on this ride and many others, including pictures and a map, visit www.mtbikewnc.com and go to the Best Rides page, then the Cedar Rock/Burnt Mountain loop.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Awesome! Fantastic trails, views, climbs, waterfalls. This is a must do ride if you are in the area.

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Dupont State Forest MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 59 ratings. 59 user reviews.
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