Dupont State Forest - TRAIL

Dupont State Forest - Trail, Brevard, Carolina

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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Massey Oliver   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2015]

Good trail. Excellent trails on Dupont state forest. However, management of the park is poor. Currently, they are cutting all of the trees in some areas. They are clear cutting large portions. Also, when you enquire of the staff concerning the removal of the forest they are very rude and disrespectful. The most prevalent explanation for the deforestation was they (NC Forestry Service) are "professional managers of woodlands". They have also closed the area to night rides and night entry which is very disappointing during full moons in the summer months.

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Bent Creek Forest US Forest Service Asheville NC

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2
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2
joebreez   Cross Country Rider [May 18, 2014]

Planned a road trip down here from CT and was very pleased we hit this park.
Overall very flowy trails with some good tech sections here and there.
Ct is loaded with all kinds of roots and rocks and it was nice for a change to just ride some buff.
Check out the pine tree, cascade section. We also hit the Big rock trail up to cedar rock then cruised down to Burnt Mt, killer stairstep downhill.
Came back next day and rode a shorter loop in morning doing the loop up to the top of Ridgeline trail. Make sure you hit the nice singletrack loop at top of Hickory.
Hang on for one of the nicest downhills on the East coast, not too tech but gradual decent using natural berms and great flow between the trees

Similar Products Used: We also hit Bent Creek and Pisgah.
Bent Creek was slightly tougher riding, much more tech and more vertical.
Pisgah was epic, huge verticals, big mileage big tech.
Also while in the area make the trek out to Almond ,NC and do the Tsali loops
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5
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3
martyspencer   Cross Country Rider [Apr 02, 2013]

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.

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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.

Similar Products Used: 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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5
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3
Mike   Cross Country Rider [Oct 07, 2012]

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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3
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4
phbike   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2011]

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!

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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.

Similar Products Used: more to come
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5
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4
tom carter   Cross Country Rider [Jun 11, 2011]

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.

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

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5
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4
mstaszew   Cross Country Rider [Sep 24, 2007]

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.

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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.

Similar Products Used: Lower half of Black Mountain starting from Davidson River campground, continuing to Thrift Cove, then to Grass Road, then right onto Sycamore Cove.
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5
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5
SCHomer   Weekend Warrior [Jan 24, 2007]

This place has any terrain you want from slick rock to smooth flowing singletrack. There are some freeride/DH places (Burnt Mountain, Cedar Rock) but the best aspect are the flowing trails like Shoals, Laurel Ridge, Mine Mountain, Reasonover Creek, Airstrip, Jim Branch, Pine Tree, etc. Aerobic levels go from 3-5 depending on the trail. Tech levels can be easy to extreme. This place has it all, just find a map and go.

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Corn mill shoals to little river up east side of cedar rock (at power lines) down south side of cedar rock back to corn mill shoals via little river. Up Burnt Mountain the right on corn mill shoals to river. Cross river then right on shoals trail right on laurel mountain right on mine down to reasonover creek. At end of reasonover creek go left onto camp summit road then right onto the tarmac of the airstrip. Left onto airstrip singletrack then left on shelter rock to a right on corn mill shoals follow to bridal veil falls then backtrack to airstrip climbing back to hanger at end of airstrip. From there go airstrip to mine mountain to right on laurel ridge, then left on shoals dropping back down to the river crossing. Cross river and head back to the car via corn mill shoals. Should end up being about 23 miles.

Similar Products Used: Any of the trails in Dupont and then head to Pisgah near Black Forest, NC.
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5
VALUE
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4
Konakid   Cross Country Rider [Nov 02, 2006]

Dupont is a gem among all the great rides nearby Brevard. Over a hundred miles of trails. It's my favorite because of the exposed rock and variety of trails. Much good work has gone into these trails and continues on a regular basis. It's an ever expanding area that continues to grow and stay pretty well maintained. Watch out for horses on the weekends. Lots of hikers as well so give each the right of way and benefit of trail rights.

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Parking lot off Cascade Lake Rd. and ride Burnt Mtn. and then take Little River Trail to head up back side of Big Rock which has two routes. One just past the creek with bridge (turn left) is an armored trail that is a grunt uphill that's steep and technical. Once you get past the hard technical section it's just a gut it out up pure smooth rock that's steep but worth the effort. The other starts just under the power lines and winds up between rooted single track and exposed rock to the top (very doable for most riders). Once at the top you can get great views of Pisgah. Other trails in Dupont worth mentioning are those around the airstrip and Reasonover and on the east side of the park.

Similar Products Used: Black Mtn.in Pisgah, Thrift Cove, Sycamore Cove, Bennett Gap, Cove Creek, Mills River, etc.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
GaMTBr   Weekend Warrior [Aug 27, 2006]

I have actually ridden this trial more than once. My suggestion for anyone riding this trial is to go the the Dupont State forest website and find the IMBA epic ride and do it in reverse order, it was a blast. Like the review said before mine, this place truly does have it all. It may be the best place to ride on the east coast.

I also completed a night ride at Dupont. I started near the exposed granite part of the trail with about 1/2 hour of daylight left. This allowed me enough time to reach the peak of the granite section just as the sun was setting behind the mountains to the west--unreal. It is a must see during. Then, on went the lights, and we finsihed the ride in the cavern of darkness. Suggestion: Scope out the trail the day before you decide to do a night ride, I did, and still managed to get turned around at night.

My ratings are based on the IMBA epic ride with a hint of biasedness for the night ride in the overall rating. The true aerobic rating is more like a 3, but I gave it a 4 because I did the ride w/out stopping.

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5
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4
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