The Friends of DuPont Forest will host its fundraising Tour de Falls May 11 and 12, offering families and visitors with limited hiking abilities a chance to see the beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest and its waterfalls via shuttle buses. The forest is located in Henderson and Transylvania counties in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
The 12-mile tour include stops at four of the forest’s most impressive sights: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. The tour takes three hours or longer depending on how much time is spent at each stop.
“This is a rare opportunity for visitors to have a guided tour of this great natural resource,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Plus, the money raised will help make ongoing improvements and support projects at DuPont Forest.”
Buses will leave the event parking area about every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The buses are not handicap-accessible and pets are not allowed.
Volunteers will be on each bus and at the stops to talk about the history of the area and efforts to protect the forest. Stops will offer great views of the waterfalls, and participants will be able to exit the bus and take photos and explore the forest.
Parking will be at 1300 Staton Road in Cedar Mountain, a short distance from the High Falls access and parking area.
Cash or check donations of $12 for 18 and older and $6 for ages 6 to 17 are requested. Credit cards cannot be processed.
Light refreshments will be available in the lodge overlooking Lake Julia, which is the last stop on the tour. Visitors can bring snacks and water for the other stops, as no concessions will be available there. Triple Falls and High Falls have covered shelters with picnic tables.
The Friends of DuPont Forest is a nonprofit organization that works with the N.C. Forest Service to enrich the recreational experience and preserve the natural resources in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Donations to the Friends of DuPont Forest are used to finance construction projects such as shelters and access steps at waterfalls. The money is also used to maintain the 80-plus miles of trails and to support research and educational projects.
For more information on the tour or the Friends of DuPont, go to www.dupontforest.com.