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First DuPont Forest Festival is set for Sept. 22

DUPONT STATE FOREST — Friends of DuPont Forest will host the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness, and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest, on Saturday, Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day.

Nearly 50 activities have been planned for the day including, mountain bike and hiking tours, wildlife lectures, yoga on Big Rock, stand-up paddle board demonstrations and more. Click here for the full schedule and more details.

“Our number one goal for the Forest Festival is to teach the people to love the Forest," says Sara Landry, executive director of Friends of DuPont Forest. "All of the activities are designed to educate attendees on how to be good stewards of the Forest and all of our public lands."

The activities will weave in education about the pack it in, pack it out philosophy, waterfall safety, multi-use trail use, and conservation. Expert volunteers and representatives will be on hand from conservation partners including Conserving Carolina, Wild South, Muddy Sneakers, Mills River Partnership and MountainTrue.

The Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will take place at several of DuPont Forest’s access areas. Information tents will be found at Corn Mill Shoals, High Falls, Hooker Falls and Guion Farm access areas. For directions and maps, click here.

The Forest Festival is free and open to the public. Donations are kindly suggested. Join Friends of DuPont online or at the Forest Festival information booths. The DuPont Forest Festival is hosted by Friends of DuPont Forest and sponsored by Cedar Mountain Cafe, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Kanuga Conference Center, Romantic Asheville, Deer Ridge Property Management, REEB Ranch Bike Park, Squatch Bikes and Brews and Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard and Piney Mountain Bike Lounge.