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Biking DuPont State Forest
Western North Carolina Trail Systems:
With over 80 miles of trails open to bikers and equestrians laced throughout some of the most unique and beautiful forests of the Southeast, DuPont State Forest has continued to grow in popularity with mountain bikers. The trails themselves are incredibly varied ranging from some truly intense single track to easy going forest roads. There are three large sections of trails in the DuPont State Forest so you're unlikely to run out of trails to conquer. Before you hit the mountains, remember that trails are open to pedestrians, equestrians, and mountain bikers alike, please look out for and yield to wheel-less traffic! Don't forget to check out a map of Dupont State Forest's trail access points.
The MTB trails on DuPont's East side hosts a variety of trail types so both beginners and advanced riders can find the perfect trail for their expertise. If you're looking to find your own perfect route through the East side, it's a good idea to get a map of the area, find them through any ranger or at the Buck Forest or Hooker Falls shelters on any weekend in the Summer. Beginner's should consider starting on the Thomas Cemetery Rd or the White Pine Loop. More advanced riders will probably be best served by the Rocky Ridge Trail. Of course there are many other trails, the possibilities are endless.
The South side of Dupont State Forest is a bastion of great single-track, Reasonover Creek Trail and Mine Mountain Trail are a just couple worth checking out. There's plenty of more leisurely trails as well, try Lake Julia Road or the Fawn Lake Loop to start. The closest parking is at the Fawn Lake Access area off Reasonover Rd.
The Forest's West side features some exhilarating technical drops and a lower equestrian to MTB ratio so get ready for some intense climbs with amazing payoffs. Cedar Rock, Burnt Mountain, and Big Rock are some of the best technical trails. Beginners should consider taking Corn Mill Shoals trail out to the shoals. Parking for all of these trails is at the Corn Mill Shoals Access Area on Cascade Lake Rd.