The mission of DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) is to provide an exemplary model of scientifically sound, ecologically-based natural resource management for the social and economic benefit of its diverse community of users.
In 2011, DuPont State Forest was redesignated as a State Recreational Forest by the North Carolina General Assembly, to be managed primarily for natural resource preservation, scenic enjoyment and recreational purposes, including horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, hunting and fishing. DSRF is the only State Recreational Forest in North Carolina.
DSRF features spectacular waterfalls, unique ecological communities, lakes and an extensive trail system, and is managed by the North Carolina Forest Service under the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Visitors to the forest should be prepared for a rugged outdoor experience. DSRF has limited options for public drinking water and no food services. While cellphone service is limited, free wireless internet service is available at the Visitor Center, which also offers trail maps and a knowledgeable staff to help you plan your time on the forest.
The North Carolina Administrative Code provides State Forests the authority to implement
rules that provide for public safety and natural resource protection.