Heavy rains close trails at DuPont State Recreational Forest

Press release from DuPont State Recreational Forest:

Officials at DuPont State Recreational Forest (DSRF) have determined that the recent heavy rains from Tropical Depression Alberto have made many of the Forest trails susceptible to damage from trail users.

Saturated trail surfaces will be muddy, and foot traffic, bicycles and equestrian users will cause erosion issues and the trails to become rutted. There will be temporary closures of all DSRF single-track trails. Forest roads and graveled two-track trails, such as High Falls Loop, Triple Falls Trail and Hooker Falls Trail, will remain open.

“We want to protect the trails from damage so all of those who visit the Forest can enjoy them in the future,” said Jason Guidry, Forest Supervisor. “We ask that our trail users join us in being responsible for trail protection and perhaps plan to visit when conditions improve.”

During your visit to DSRF, please pay attention to signage or barricades related to the trail closures. Trails will be reopened as soon as possible, with some trails becoming available to users before others as conditions allow. Be aware that all trails, even those that are not closed, may have debris and muddy, slick conditions, so use them at your own risk.

Forest officials expect conditions will improve enough for trail reopening by Friday, June 1. Please refer to the DSRF website or the NCFS Facebook page for updates. To report trail problems or for questions, call the Forest Supervisor at 828-877-6527.

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