Know why the trails are so awesome before you make the trip. Although the mountain is small by mountain standards, this trail provides some great views and an interesting environment. It can be accessed by bicycle. From downtown Brevard, it's a quick drive out US 276 south (about 11 miles) to Cascade Lake Road. Right in the southeast direction follows Cedar Rock Trail down to Little River Trail near the Little River. So you have many options for a second hike on the same day. At the junction of Cedar Rock Trail, left to the north leads down the mountain to the power lines with a loop to the right and Little River Trail. Long sections of solid, rough granite are interspersed with patches of trees, dirt, sand, and moss. Go past the Hooker Falls and High Falls Access Areas to a left at the end of Staton Road on Cascade Lake Road. Cedar Rock Trail is a 1.5 mile trail through Dupont State Recreational Forest. Being very popular with both hikers and mountain bikers, this short trail offers stunning views from atop a unique mountain summit that is unlike any in the region. Go left on Corn Mill Shoals Trail to the shoals. Driving Directions to Cone Mills Shoals Access Area in DuPont State Forest (See area on Google Maps)From Asheville via Brevard: Take I-26 east to Exit 40, and take NC-280 toward Pisgah Forest. The trail begins with a rocky singletrack climb up from the Little River trail, and gradually the amount of rock in the trail increases until suddenly you are … Cedar Rock starts and ends off of Little River and connects to Big Rock at the top of the climb. Continue on Crab Creek 7.1 miles to DuPont Rd. At the top of this granite clearing, reenter the forest and continue over the summit and around several turns until the path leads back onto a large, nearly flat granite area (used as a helispot by the Forest Service). Park at the Corn Mill Shoals Access area on Casade Lake Road (directions at bottom of page). Continue parallel to the Little River for about a mile (mostly level), then intersect with the Corn Mill Shoals Trail. DuPont State Forest - Cedar Rock Trail ~ video (updated: Apr 2, 2012) This is the entire length of the Cedar Rock trail at DuPont, starting from the top at the intersection of Big Rock and Cedar Rock. Then near the end of the trail, suddenly you find yourself on a world cup downhill course. This trail offers some of the best - and only - slickrock riding in the East. Length: approximately .9 miles; exactly 4,542’, which is very close to the .84 miles assigned by the Friends of DuPont Forest Trail Map (Rev. This is a downhill mountain biking video of the Cedar Rock trail located within DuPont State Forest in North Carolina. For Cedar Rock Mountain on the Key Attraction page. Continue to follow the cairns, stepping around the moss to protect it. The Southwestern portion is slightly steeper than the northeastern part. Trails vary from mostly flat to short but steep sections on the rock face. Continue past Longside Trail on the left. The trail also ends at Cedar Rock Trail. The Big Rock trail rewards visitors with a westward view across a … The trail turns right into the forest, and then back out onto a sloping granite field with views toward Pinnacle Mountain and Stone Mountain. Photo journals of hikes in Michigan, the Great Lakes region, North Carolina and the Rockies. When Cedar Rock comes up in conversation, most think of Dupont State Forest down the road. Kanuga becomes Crab Creek Rd. 6 years ago. Riding Up Big Rock is a real challenge as you can tell in this video. The area has become quite popular with mountain bikers and hikers. Rising only 200′ feet above the surrounding plateau, Cedar Rock Mountain contains some of the most exposed granite anywhere in the region. Cedar Rock is about 43 miles from Asheville, located between Brevard and Hendersonville. The Corn Mills Shoals Access Area is 0.8 miles on the right. For more nearby hikes, see our DuPont Waterfalls Guide. Download a PDF of the DuPont Forest Trails Map. Save it to your phone before your go. This is Cedar Rock Trail - some of the finest East Coast slickrock riding. Cedar Rock Trail connects with Big Rock Trail and Little River Trail. Cedar Rock trail is a steep, rocky trail with great views at the top of Cedar Rock. eep at the southern tip of DuPont State Forest is an area loved by mountain bikers, but also a nice place for scenic forest, riverside, and small mountain hiking. 2008); also note that 3907’ of Corn Mill Shoals Road Trail and 6024’ of the Little River Trail must be hiked to access the trail; therefore, the total one way distance is 17,912’ or 3.4 miles; the hike back involves an additional backtracking of 2807’ for the Little River Trail … and continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Turn left (east) on US-64 and go 3.7 miles to the gas station in Penrose. This is one of the trails that Dupont is famous for! Interesting trail passes over the granitic dome of Cedar Rock Mtn. After a short distance past the gate as the road curves right, find Big Rock Trail, an old roadbed on the left leading uphill. This is one of the most popular trails of DuPont and has wonderful views at the top. Aug 26, 2015 - Hike to Cedar Rock Mountain on the Big Rock Trail, scoring some beautiful summit views into North Carolina's DuPont State Recreational Forest. Here in Dupont, you'll find a little bit of everything, ranging from gorgeous trails with rushing waterfalls, easy doubletrack, challenging, technical singletrack, steep slickrock, and flowy dirt descents. 4 MB. At the top of this granite clearing, continue into the forest and around several turns until the path leads back onto a large, nearly flat granite area (used as a heliport by the Forest Service). Cedar Rock Mountain on the Big Rock Trail 1.8 MILES. Just a few miles away are Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and High Falls. Continue forward and upward, looking for cairns (small rock piles) wherever the trail leads onto the granite. It's a short drive from the very busy High Falls parking area (visitor center & restrooms), but most miss this jewel of of hike that offers plenty of variety. As a bonus there's miles of other trails with lots of river crossings and waterfalls. That said this is one of the few spots where you can get in some slick rock Riding in North Carolina. This is a three-way intersection where Big Rock Trail terminates into Cedar Rock Trail. After reentering the forest, approach a much larger granite dome with excellent views westward of the Pisgah Range. Rising only a few hundred feet above the surrounding plateau, Cedar Rock Mountain contains some of the most exposed granite in western North Carolina. Continue up the steady grade about 1/2 mile until the trail leads across a series of granite slab with great mountain views. Combined with Big Rock, this covers most of the slickrock in Dupont. Go past the Hooker Falls and High Falls Access Areas and turn left at the end of Staton Road on Cascade Lake Road. A loop may be formed by traveling along Cedar Rock Trail and Little River Trail. Hike DetailsThe Cedar Rock loop hike includes parts of three trails. From Hendersonville: Take Business US-25 (Church St.) south to Kanuga and turn right. About 1/10 mile past the gate as the road curves right, turn left on Big Rock Trail, an old roadbed leading uphill. This is one of the most popular trails of DuPont … 2008). From the parking area (Corn Mills Shoals), cross the road and proceed around the gate on the Corn's Mill Shoals Trail. At Loosely Bound paper maps don't cut it. The 4.5-mile loop hike on Cedar Rock Mountain in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides wonderful mountain views and dramatic scenery. Left to the north leads down the mountain to the powerlines with a loop to the right and Little River Trail. This is a three-way intersection where Big Rock Trail terminates into Cedar Rock Trail (pic above). DuPont State Forest: Cedar Rock Mountain. Right turn on Cedar Rock Trail will take you down a steep slick rock descent with a loop to the right on Little River Trail. You'll find rocky, technical downhills both ways. D uPont State Forest, in western North Carolina between Hendersonville and Brevard, was sold to the … Short but sweet, the 1.5-mile Cedar Rock Trail features a steep climb up eastern slickrock (large slabs of granite) topping out with killer views of Dupont State Forest. This figure-8 loop ride has a ton of special features, including what makes riding at DuPont unique: large sections of slickrock on the Cedar and Big Rock trails. Posted by Jeff on Dec 16, 2011 @ 5:47 pm in DuPont State Forest, Hiking, Hiking Blog, North Carolina, Rated Easy Hikes, Vista Hikes | 2 comments | Last modified: November 4, 2017 . Keep going past Longside Trail, and then take a left on Big Rock Trail. There are some rocky sections near the bottom; rest is mostly solid rock with patches of moss and low pine trees on either side of the trail. Dupont Big Rock Cedar Rock Trail. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. The Big Rock Trail offers the most direct route to Cedar Rock Mountain’s sprawling summit outcrops, and at just under two miles, round trip, the hike makes for a relatively moderate and especially beautiful mountaintop hike at DuPont State Forest. Don't miss this one! Corn Mill Shoals Trail, Little River Trail, Cedar Rock Trail, Big Rock Trail, DuPont State Forest, NC. There are many connecting trails in this area, so you can easily extend your hike or ride. The Big Rock trail rewards visitors with a westward view across a strange slickrock landscape. The trail is mostly slick rock and can be dangerous to ride when wet. This loop follows the Big Rock Trail to the mountain’s cratered summit, catching elevated views and exploring the mountain’s unique, ruggedly beautiful terrain. The elevation is in the 2800-3000 … Continue straight ahead (toward right) on Corn Mills Shoals Trail for about 3/4 of a mile to return to the beginning of your hike and the parking area. The trail starts by climbing to the top of Cedar Mountain, then crossing over the top of it, following cairns which mark the trail. That is … for 5.3 miles (road turns into Staton Road). Re-enter the forest and reach the Little River Trail. Information, video and pictures about biking Kitsuma trail near Asheville, NC from Leslie Morrison Plus . Dec 11, 2016 - Hike to Cedar Rock Mountain on the Big Rock Trail, scoring some beautiful summit views into North Carolina's DuPont State Recreational Forest. Turn right and cross Tom's Creek. Continue past Longside Trail (on the left). Follow directions to the Corn Mill Shoals Access Area. This is the sign at the top, shown with some big-weird-helmet-wearing-goof leaning on it and probably making it point the wrong way. The trail is mostly slick rock and can be dangerous to use when wet. Be sure to check out the Big Rock, Burnt Mountain, and Cedar Rock trails in … Also explore a little on the way and ride Nooks trails off to the left soon after starting Burnt Mountain.Nooks is a fun little loop through the ferns. It is similar to Big Rock Trail which it intersects at the top of Cedar Rock . Hundreds of acres alternate between bare and moss/lichen covered rock. The Cedar Rock Trail Running Tour has it all – waterfalls, rhododendron tunnels, new growth, old growth, and one of the best overlooks around. After arriving back at Corn Mill Shoals, take a right and follow the path to a fork where you'll split left at the Little River Trail, another doubletrack road. Both ends of the trail are about the same difficulty with the end closest to Corn Mill Shoals Road probably a bit steeper and more technical. Sep 28, 2016 - Hike to Cedar Rock Mountain on the Big Rock Trail, scoring some beautiful summit views into North Carolina's DuPont State Recreational Forest. Follow the cairns through some trees and then back down a steeper granite incline. So be sure to take directions with you, since signage is limited. The area around Triple Falls and High Falls in, Find Updates and Reopenings in Asheville & Western North Carolina. The Southwestern portion is slightly steeper than the northeastern part. Turn left for 5.3 miles (road turns into Staton Road). After re-entering the forest, approach a much larger granite dome with excellent views west of Pisgah National Forest. Climb through dense tunnels of gnarly-branched rhododendron on this scenic hike to the summit of Cedar Rock Mountain. Roadside Merry Falls is also nearby along an unpaved scenic drive. Turn right and go 1.8 miles to parking area on left. Download a PDF of the DuPont Forest Trails Map. Description. The Corn Mills Shoals Access Area is 0.8 miles on the right. Cross the road and proceed around the gate on the marked Corn Mill Shoals Trail. Cedar Rock Trail. Follow the Little River Trail and skip the first entrance to Cedar Rock Trail on the left and across creeks, rocks and up a steep and washed out section that's the second entrance to the Cedar Rock trail. Rising only a few hundred feet above the surrounding plateau, Cedar Rock Mountain contains some of the most exposed granite in western North Carolina. Note that 563’ of Corn Mill Shoals Road Trail must be hiked to access the Big Rock Trail. To reach Cedar Rock Mountain, park at the Corn Mill Shoals Access Area of DuPont Forest and proceed on Corm Mill Shoals Trail on the east side of the road. Cedar Rock starts and ends off of Little River and connects to Big Rock at the top of the climb. Cedar Rock Trail: Located within DuPont State Forest, the 1.44 mile Cedar Rock Trail is available for hiking, biking and horseback riding.Rated difficult, Cedar Rock Trail travels over the granite dome of Cedar Rock Mountain. Then back onto Burnt Mountain for more moderate XC riding. Return or see Cedar Rock Mountain/Corn Mill Shoals Loop description. Big Rock, Cedar Rock, Little River and Corn Mill Shoals Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Take Big Rock trail from the top of the mountain for a fast, technical downhill over slickrock and single-track. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. The area is a local favorite with both hikers and mountain bikers. On the southwest corner of the DuPont State Forest stands an exposed granite bluff - Cedar Rock Mountain. Continue forward and upward, looking for cairns (small pile of rocks) wherever the trail leads onto the granite. The 4.5-mile loop hike on Cedar Rock Mountain in DuPont State Recreational Forest provides wonderful mountain views and dramatic scenery. Connect to Cedar Rock from the Little River Trail #51 and/or the Big Rock Trail #3. Flow trails or rocky-rooty technical? North Carolina Hikes; DuPont State Forest Hikes; DuPont State Forest - Cedar Rock Mountain (1-17-14) Length: approximately 1.5 miles; exactly 7981’; note this varies slightly from the length of 1.43 miles given by the Friends of DuPont Forest Trail Map (rev. after 3.9 miles at Little River Rd. Hundreds of acres alternate between bare and moss/lichen covered rock. (flashing traffic light). Continue up the steady grade until the trail leads onto a granite slab. DuPont State Forest: Waterfalls, Hikes & More. 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