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DuPont State Forest; Day 1 - Falls Galore Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dupont State Forest - near Hendersonville, North Carolina   Hike: DuPont State Forest; Day 1 - Falls Galore Loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 15 2012  9:40 am >> Sat, Sep 15 2012 4:40 pm  (Carpool Departure: 5:45 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Aug 26 2012 8:44 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 9 2012 8:44 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Clay White
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


DuPont SF is North Carolina’s newest State Forest and is located southeast of Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This 10,400 acre state forest offers nearly 100 miles of recreational trails, traveling to one of the highest densities of waterfalls in the southeast, pristine lakes, rock outcroppings, and other attractions. 

This will be the first of two hikes scheduled for the weekend at DuPont State Forest.  You may register for one or both of these events. Please reference the additional information section in the posting for potential options on the event(s).

This hike will be approximately 13 miles in distance, however, only have about 2,000 feet of ascent, so it will be on the easier side of a D5.  This hike will highlight 5 great waterfalls: Hooker Falls, Wintergreen Falls, Grassy Creek Falls, High Falls, and Triple Falls.  The trails are quite scenic, but the highlight of this hike will be the waterfalls, a few of which scenes from the movies The Last Of The Mohicans and  The Hunger Games were filmed.  The itinerary is fairly straightforward – we will hike to each of the respective falls, enjoy the scenery, have lunch at one of them, and take a dip in the water to cool off if anyone so desires.  While hiking, we will move at a fairly brisk pace so that we have ample time to enjoy each of the waterfalls.  And afterwards, if time permits, and anyone wants to do a short ½ mile hike to see the views at “Jump Off Rock” outside of Hendersonville we can do so.  Afterwards, for those spending the night in North Carolina, or those not in a rush to return to Atlanta, we will have a leisurely dinner at a restaurant in Hendersonville, NC.  Below are some photos of the falls we will be visiting. (several of these falls are much larger than what they would appear in the photos)

Triple Falls Grassy Creek Falls Hooker Falls High Falls Wintergreen Falls


Required Items to Bring:
  • Plenty of fluids for adequate hydration
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Quick dry clothing or swimming suit if you wish to 'get wet'
  • Water shoes/sandals
  • Change of clothes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

To be provided by email or at carpool.

* See Addtional Notes section below

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):340Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 5:45 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $136.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


* It is anticipated that there will be more than one carpool to this/these event(s).  There will be additional information for carpool coordination sent out once the travel preferences of the group are received.  Your TL's will be traveling to NC on Friday evening for these events and staying the weekend in NC.  The carpool departure time is listed for Friday evening.  If you will be traveling to the event after this departure time you will be given coordinates for the Trail Head parking area and will be responsible for mapping you own route and getting there before the hike begins - the hike will start on time.

** For those who request it, I am happy to share the information I have gathered on places to stay near DuPont SF.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.