Celebrate DuPont Forest Saturday with a family-friendly outdoor festival | Tourism

Friends of DuPont Forest will host the fifth annual DuPont Forest Festival on Saturday, September 24 at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

The festival, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., is a free family event in the forest access area in Guion, which will include family nature walks, community yoga sessions, walks group biking and clinics, orienteering, tours of the historic property, fly fishing demonstrations as well as food trucks and a special Smokey Bear tour.

“It’s truly a celebration of DuPont Forest,” said Friends of DuPont Executive Director Sara Landry. “DuPont is one of the most popular public lands in western North Carolina and people use it for all kinds of reasons.

“We try to present all the ways people can find adventure in the forest and at the same time we try to teach them how to be good stewards of the land.”

DuPont State Recreational Forest is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Hendersonville and Brevard. Its 10,400 acres of forest feature four major waterfalls on the Petite Rivière and several on the Grassy Creek. The original 7,600 acre forest was established in 1996 through a favorable sale by DuPont Corporation and in 2000 the property expanded to include another 2,200 acre parcel containing High Falls, Triple Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

For a full list of activities and times during the festival, visit www.dupontforest.com/9999-2/.

Dino J. Dotson