Hello friends and supporters, it is a heavy time that calls for drastic measures in order to ensure the safety of our community and beyond. In our little mountain town we very much rely on our out of town visitors and are eternally grateful for their support year after year. The downtown businesses, events, charities, & organizations that we all love thrive on such outside support. Please stay united in these efforts to protect our local community while practicing social distancing. We are looking forward to the day when we can ALLenjoy the beauty our area has to offer, but in the meantime, we urge everyone to stay home as much as possible. Maintain social distancing, stay put, and wash your hands.
The sooner we accomplish this together, the sooner we can all get back out there.

Please read this message from our friends and partners at Friends of DuPont State Forest and feel free to reach out with any concerns or help you may need. Stay safe everyone!
-Your friends at D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors


DuPont State Recreational Forest is temporarily closed effective March 24, 2020.

Like many other public lands in Western North Carolina, DuPont Forest got hammered with visitors over the weekend. There were too many people unwilling to follow the social distancing guidelines putting the health of our community at risk.

We want to stress that the NC Forest Service did not take this decision lightly. They explored every option to keep the Forest accessible. They know how much we rely on our public lands and understand how important getting outside in the woods can help in a time of crisis. Given the crowds (and lack of social distancing) the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community was just too high. We applaud them for taking the necessary steps to protect the community, staff, and first responders.

Friends of DuPont Forest has spent the last 20 years encouraging everyone to get outside and explore DuPont Forest and other public lands. Right now we encourage everyone to stay home, explore your backyard, and stay safe.

Please see the press release for more details. We’ll keep you updated and when this is all over we can’t wait to welcome you back!

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