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Best of DuPont

 79 votes

17.6 Miles 28.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

2,015' 614 m

Ascent

-2,017' -615 m

Descent

3,054' 931 m

High

2,311' 704 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Some of the best singletrack in DuPont State Forest in a nice loop.

craig campbell

Overview

This route includes some of the best DuPont has to offer from a flowy perspective, but you'll have to work at it with the climbs throughout the route.

Need to Know

There are three creek crossings in this route, but in most cases, there are rocks that allow you to hop across without getting soaked.

Description

There’s two options for starting this ride, with Option 1 being what the GPS uses. Arguably, Option 2 adds a little more singletrack and removes the climb up Lake Imaging Road.
Option 1: (The way the route was recorded and if you’re following GPS, the way it’ll take you.)
This route starts with a nice warm-up climb up Lake Imaging road. Take a right on to Hilltop Loop.
Option 2: (And arguably a bit more fun and interesting)
Start out on Lake Imaging Road going around the pond to the right. The first trail entrance to the left is Jim Branch. Take a left on Jim Branch. You’ll have the option of bypassing the tough rock garden in favor of smoother singletrack if you wish. Jim Branch is a 1.2 mile trail, which will be a climb in this direction. At the top of Jim Branch, take a right on Issac Heath. Issac Heath is only .5 miles long and will lead you onto Locust Trail. Take a right at the end of Locust Trail where you’ll immediately pick up Hilltop Loop directly straight in front of you.
---- same from here ----
Hilltop Loop is a fun little loop that will spit you back out on Lake Imaging Rd. A short ride on Buck Forest Rd to Conservation Rd, and you'll take Pitch Pine Trail over to Lake Dense Trail. At the end of this you're back on Conservation Rd where you'll climb a pretty steep road up to the Airstrip. From Airstrip, take Fawn Lake Rd over to Mine Mountain Trail. The start of Mine Mountain will be climbing, but the descent down to Fawn Lake parking area is a blast. You'll pass Fawn Lake parking lot on Fawn Lake Rd down to Conservation Rd. Cross over Conservation Rd to Reasonover Creek Trail. At the bottom of this, you'll have to cross your first creek.

The next 2.5m is a climb up Reasonover Creek to Turkey Knob Rd & following Turkey Knob Rd over to Turkey Knob Trail (newer trail). Turkey Knob Trail is IMO the best trail of this loop.

The end of Turkey Knob will dump you out at Briery Fork trail where you'll find your second creek crossing and climb out for a while crossing over Joanna Rd to Grassy Creek Trail.

A bit more climbing through Wintergreen Falls and Tarklin Branch up to Guion Farm parking area over to Hickory Mountain Rd. From Hickory Mountain Rd, you'll take a left on Hooker Creek Trail, which is a super fast section, but can be dangerous if there are loose rocks on the trail. At the end of Hooker Creek, you'll cross your third and final creek crossing. After the crossing, you'll climb back out to Ridgeline Trail. Ridgeline probably doesn't need an introduction, but this is a super fast downhill that will finish your ride.

If you'd like to add some length to this already burly ride, add The Best of Dupont: Burnt Mountain/ Cedar Rock Big Rock Figure 8 to your outing.

Here is turn by turn directions with distances:

Start from Lake Imaging Parking Lot (distance in miles)

Option 1:
- Start on Lake Imaging Rd (1.0)
- Right on Hilltop Loop (1.0)
Option 2:
- Start on Lake Imaging Rd (0.4)
- Left on Jim Branch (1.2)
- Right on Issac Heath (0.5)
- Right (more straight than anything) on Locust Trail (0.4)
- Right on Lake Imaging Rd and immediately onto Hilltop Loop (1.0)
---- end options. Same from here on out ----
- Right on Lake Imaging Rd (0.1)
- Right on Buck Forest Rd (0.5)
- Left on Conservation Rd (0.1)

- Left on Pitch Pine Trail (1.0)
- Right on Three Lakes Trail [may be called Dense Lake Trail] (0.7)
- Left on Conservation Rd climb road up to Airstrip [avoid Shortcut Trail] (1.0)
- Right on Fawn Lake Rd (0.1)
- Right on Mine Mountain Trail (1.4)

- Right on Fawn Lake Rd (0.2)
- Cross over Conservation Rd to Reasonover Creek Trail (1.2)
- Right on Turkey Knob Trail (3.3)
- Right on Briery Fork trail (0.4)
- Cross over Joanna Rd to Grassy Creek Trail (1.5)

- Right on Sandy Trail (0.1)
- Left on Wintergreen Falls Trail (0.4)
- Right on Tarklin Branch Rd (0.8)
- Left on Guion Farm Connector (0.4)
- Cross over Buck Forest Rd to Hickory Mountain Rd (0.3)

- Left on White Pine Trail (0.2)
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Mar 27, 2018
Michael Salyards II
Nov 11, 2017
Caleb Hartman
Amazing day. Leaves have fallen, so break out the luggy tires. Trails are in incredible shape 22mi
Nov 5, 2017
John Rau
Nov 3, 2017
Matthew Serra
Lots of downed trees and muddy areas. Got wet through one of the creek crossings as the water level was too high.
Oct 21, 2017
Pat Hayes
about 50% fire road is my only complaint 17.6mi
Oct 21, 2017
Danny Wilbanks
Oct 12, 2017
John Work
Oct 11, 2017
Rich Sharples

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Tab Mac
Pittsburgh Pa
Tab Mac   Pittsburgh Pa
Just rode this with a group of friends from Pittsburgh, Pa. Long day in the saddle, but worth the views, and the downhill on Ridgeline at the end. We stopped to take in the sights along the way. Creek crossings were cool and rideable if the water is low enough. An awesome must do if you are at DuPont! Jul 18, 2017
rmap 01  
This is an excellent baseline loop that can be modified to best suit the rider's needs. First off, if you are committed to riding this route you cannot miss the opportunity to both take in - and ride - AirStrip. Yes, it requires re-climbing Lake Imaging but the downhill is worth it. A shout out to Grassy Creek Trail (fun at speed) and, as everyone agrees, Ridgeline is an adrenaline rush! Aug 26, 2017
Just rode this yesterday. By far the best overall riding in pisgah forest. whoever posted the GPX file, worked flawless. Never got lost or off track. Thanks!! Sep 4, 2017

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