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Grand Opening of Dupont State Recreational Forest Welcome Center

On Monday, July 1, Dupont State Forest will celebrate the opening of the Aleen Steinberg Welcome Center and the Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge. The event will begin at 11 AM with remarks from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.

The event is open to the public and will take place rain or shine and will include a tour of the Welcome Center.

The pedestrian bridge, which is over the Little River, will allow visitors to access both sides of the forest without having to cross Staton Road. A new parking lot is near the bridge.

The welcome center will serve as a central location for educating the public about the forest’s history while stressing the need for safety around the four major waterfalls in the forest. Steinberg is a local conservationist who was instrumental in the state obtaining the forest.

For directions to DuPont State Forest, visit www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts/dsf.htm.

In light of COVID-19 precautions, some sites may be closed or events canceled. Please check directly with the sites listed for the latest information.