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Dupont State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 48

many types of terrain from open rock to fire roads and ofcourse single track. It has the most exposed rock on the east coast that I've seen. It also has power line secitons that remind me of an episoide of C.H.I.P.s . wonderful for night riding because you can get out of the wood quick if need be. It has a nice river running along the edege of the forest. The rides are fast and just flat out fun. If you want to pay the landlord you can do that with out a problem. I recomend Big rock trail.
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Latitude
35.262440555519596
Longitude
-82.57598876953125
Trail Directions
on 276 near sc turn at gammy's diner on to cascade lake road. About a .5 mile a large parking area will apear on your left. park there
Trail Length
varies from 4 to 20+
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Brevard
   


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Review Date
April 2, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: martyspencer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Hands down some of the best cross country mountain biking in the state if not the East Coast. Dupont has 84 multi-use trails offering over 82 miles of MTB fun.

You will find everything from sweet flowing singletrack to slickrock to wide doubletrack thru pinewood forest. Technical challenges run from zero to butt-clench-factor-5. The ratings section below is impossible because there are so many trails that range from 1 to 5.

I used to drive 800 miles one-way several times a year just to ride these trails. I finally gave in and moved here a few years ago.

Recommended Route:
Too many to mention but here are some DON'T MISS trails in no particular order:

Airstrip, Ridgeline, Reasonover Creek, Cascade, Pine Tree, Jim Branch, Hooker Creek, Big Rock, Cedar Rock, and Mine Mountain. Hit as many of these as you can and the intervening connector trails are pretty nice, too.

See http://dupontforesttrails.com for GPS/GPX maps for every trail in Dupont Forest.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pisgah Ranger District is close by and offers lots of great trails. (Make sure you take rappelling gear if you do the top section of Black Mountain!!)



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Review Date
October 7, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode Dupont last week for the first time after reading reviews here on MTBR and talking to other folks. I have to say that overall, I was underwhelmed. Maybe it was too hyped by reviews here, or the other folks I talked to? That said, it seemed like there was just way too much "wide open" double track and fire road type riding to connect what amounted to be "smallish" bits of single track. We did have a trail map and lots of intel, so I don't think it was a matter of not riding it the right way or missing sections either. Overall, I would give Dupont 3 stars - the saving grace was the mostly downhill, flowy and pumpy section Ridgeline trail, which we liked so much we hit 3 times. I would give Dupont another chance If I could hook up with a local who could maybe create some more continuity in terms of linking different trail sections together.



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Review Date
June 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: phbike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my favorite place to ride hands down! The variety of terrain is impressive, and the views of waterfalls and overlooks are an added bonus. Some sections are difficult however there isn't a climb that is un-do-able in the routes I will post over the next week. There are some new trails that are not on the last published map (2007?) in these recommended routes. They are maintained and have been built by obvious mountain bikers (thanks guys) due to the jumps burms and other fun things in the trails. Also thanks for the rerouted sections over the past couple years as they've turned washed out ruts into epic, beautiful singletrack!

Recommended Route:
The first route I'll recommend is in the more popular Corn Mill Shoals area. Park at Corn Mill Shoals Access Area. Start on Corn Mill Shoals Trail,take the first trail on the left, Longside Trail. Left on Pine Tree Trail. At road, stay right on graded connector at side of road. Cross over Staton Rd continue on the connector trail that runs along side of Staton Rd. At the intersection, take a left (new tr.). Next intersection, right on Cascade trail. Next T intersection, left (sheep mtn) quick right on Pine Tree Trail. Cross Staton Rd. straight on Pine Tree Trail. next intersection, turn right on Pine Tree. at Cascade Lk Rd take a left. Right on Rock Quarry. Left on Buck Ridge, Left on Micajah Tr. Right on Wilkie Tr. At road, left. Rt. back on Corn Mill Shoals (CMS), Stay on CMS and take 2nd Burnt Mtn trail on rt. back to CMS take rt. left on Little River Tr.take 2nd cedar rock left. at power lines, go left (up) follow carnes. At top, take a rt on Big Rock. awesome overlook on rt. at bottom, rt.back to parking. 15-16 miles total.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
more to come



Comments
phbike (07/03/2011)
I just clocked this ride today at 13.5 miles, not 15-16 which is what i assumed
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Review Date
June 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tom carter ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm surprised that no one has posted a review since 2007. I visited here about a month ago on my national retirement tour. I came specifically because Mountain Bike Action had mentioned this place several years back as some of the best riding on the east coast, and because I like granite. It was worth the drive from California.
I rode Big Rock/Cedar Rock and Burnt Mountain after looking at the Dupont State Forest web site. Their recommendation to ride up Big Rock Trail was a probably not the best idea. Going up, there are sections of Big Rock near the bottom that are near undoable. Kudos to those who can; better done as a descent. The upper sections on granite slabs through the trees are tough enough especially for an old timer like me. Then you get to the top where Big Rock and the Cedar Rock loop trails all converge at the top of the granite dome. The view to the east is fine.
And then you can descend either leg of Cedar or back down Big Rock. I took the south leg of Cedar. Stellar! 3/4 mile +/- of descending at speed down granite slabs and then some rocky gully/chutes to the bottom. Unforgettable and well worth the 3000 mile drive.
Burnt Mountain was also well worth riding, but I've seen similar in the Bay Area.
Ran into a rider from Florida when I got back to the parking area who had gotten a tip from a local bike shop to ride up the north leg of Cedar Rock trail to get to the top of the dome and then ride down either the south leg of Cedar (the one I did) or down Big Rock. Next time I go back I will do both: north leg up, down the south, back up the north, down Big Rock and so on. That's 15 to 20 miles and throw in Burnt Mountain if you need more. Why go to Moab and fight tourists and crowds. I saw no one here except three other guys at the parking lot(it was Tuesday). This place is a must do. I shall return.

Recommended Route:
See above. There are lots more but the granite is as above.



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Review Date
September 24, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mstaszew ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place kicked major butt. I was blown away by how much climbing the routes that we took required and how much I was rewarded by doing the climbs. There is slickrock, river crossings, water falls (at least one of which you walk behind), gravel roads, double track, Rhododendron tunnels, technical downhill, smooth singletrack, big climbs, etc. Basically find all of the mountain bike jargon that you can to describe riding surfaces and trail features and they all apply to this place. It really is worth a trip. I'd suggest getting the latest map of the forest and carrying it with you. There are a lot of trails out there and it would be easy to get turned around.

I'd also like to point out that the aerobic difficulty rating seems to largely be based on the reviewer's overall physical shape and is probably making the rider compare this trail to others ridden. I ride central NC area and compared to everything that I have done in the Triangle, this place is a 5. The hills generally require your little ring and I found myself in one of the larger 3 cogs for most of the climbs. The Big Rock hill is long and steep. There were several hills like this along the route that we took, but it really is worth the effort to get to the top. After a long climb you get to enjoy even longer downhills and incredible scenery.

Technical difficulty rating also applies to the trail selection so I'll try to outline the trails that we rode. We rode Big Rock, Cedar Rock, Bridal Veil Falls Road, Corn Mill Shoals, Burnt Mountain, Conservation Road, and Shelter Rock. I'd say that overall those trails were not too bad other than a couple of really intense climbs. Cedar Rock had a long rock garden on a downhill, but it can be easily navigated if you maintain a safe speed. If the slick rock is wet I'd say that difficulty rating should be elevated by a point because it will probably be very slippery. Burnt Mountain had a nice long downhill that has roots, rocks, and some ruts. I'd give that portion a 3 bordering 4 for the most part, but there is one 3'-4' dropoff that sneaks up on you. For this reason I'd say that this trail is a 4.

Recommended Route:
This is hard to say. I've ridden it once and this is the route that we took. It had some great views and we got to see (and walk behind) Bridal Veil Falls. You'll probably need a map to understand the following.

Corn Mill Shoals parking lot. Big Rock to Cedar Rock (turn left onto Cedar Rock) to Little River (turn left onto Little River) to Bridal Veil Falls. Walk under falls and follow river downstream to Bridal Veil Falls Road. Continue to Conservation Road and then to Shelter Rock. Continue to Corn Mill Shoals, cross the river at the bottom, and continue left onto Burnt Mountain. After Burnt Mountain, take a left onto Corn Mill Shoals which will return you to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lower half of Black Mountain starting from Davidson River campground, continuing to Thrift Cove, then to Grass Road, then right onto Sycamore Cove.



Comments
hendog (01/16/2008)
next time make a left onto sycamore cove...
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