Hike with CMLC this Sunday afternoon, October 20th, on a guided hike to scenic Cedar Rock in DuPont State Recreational Forest. The summit of Cedar Rock features exposed rockfaces that enable dramatic, long-range vistas of fall foliage and the surrounding mountains, including several other CMLC-conserved locales.
DuPont State Forest is a woodland wonderland filled with spectacular waterfalls, scenic granite domes, and wild backcountry. DuPont has long represented a landmark achievement for land conservation in the region. Beginning in the 1990s, local environmental groups, including CMLC, helped acquire its nearly 10,500 acres of natural lands for public ownership. Much of it, including its plethora of waterfalls, was nearly lost to development when it was sold for the construction of a private housing community. Now preserved, the Forest is now a mecca for hikers, cyclists, hunters, and waterfall lovers.
Today, much of CMLC’s land conservation efforts focus on conserving lands that buffer DuPont Forest, as well as working with government agencies and funders to add more protected lands to the Forest. Last summer, CMLC facilitated an addition of 65 acres of public lands to DuPont.
Total hiking distance is 3.0 miles. This hike is rated as moderate difficulty with a total elevation gain of 600 feet. Attendance is free and open to the public. This hike is also part of CMLC’s White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 2.0, a program that challenges hikers to take eight hikes on lands conserved by CMLC. Completers of the Challenge earn the famous White Squirrel Patch and free hiking gear from Mast General Store.
This is a Sunday afternoon hike that will begin at 12:00pm. The hike will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete. Meeting locations and further details will be sent upon making a hike reservation (see below).
Participants are required to be in reasonable physical condition and capable of completing a five mile hike over uneven, forested terrain. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dogs on this hike. Hikers should wear sturdy walking shoes (no flip-flops), bring several layers of clothing in preparation for changing warm and cold temperatures, pack plenty of water as well as a snack/lunch to eat during the hike. Hikers who attend are required to participate in the entire duration of the hike.
This hike is open to the public as well as CMLC members. Space is limited on our hikes, so please reserve your spot today by using CMLC's Online Hike Sign-Up Form. Hike meeting locations and additional details will be sent upon confirmation of your spot on the hike within 1-2 days business days after requesting a spot.
For questions, contact CMLC Trails & Outreach Associate Matt Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow one full business day for a response to Hike Sign-Ups and hike inquiries.
CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 24,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.