This is DuPont State Forest
(updated: Sep 17, 2012)
And this is where I bring my kids. They have a kids trail. I get them warmed up here on the obstacles, and then take them down Ridgeline. They are getting pretty good at riding, but I don't force them to make the climb back up every time, so we shuttle Ridgeline.
Intersection of Hooker Creek Trail and Ridgeline. I'm guessing Hooker Creek leads to Hooker Falls. Hooker Creek Trail is actually a decent trail. It's not singletrack, but it has a fun downhill section. Just watch out for horses. And bombs of horse poop littered everywhere. This goes for Ridgeline, too. In fact, the trails around the Guion Farm parking area and leading to the Lake Imaging parking lot, which includes Ridgeline, see a lot of horse traffic.
Kid's Bike Trail skills area. This is off of the Guion Farms parking area.
Teeter-totters, even small ones, are becoming endangered due to increasing unavailability of teeter-totter liability insurance coverage.
Same for log piles, although these can crop up randomly. You have to attain certification to build random log piles on public land. I am not certified, so attempting to ride this one would lead you to premature dismemberment or death.
This is Wintergreen Falls in DuPont. Like Hemlock or O-Ren Ishii of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, waterfalls are beautiful, but deadly. One slip and you're a goner. But if you go by the philosophy in these parts that everything is trying to kill you, you should be fine. Because it's true ... everything looks spectacular, but it's all just trying to kill you. Even Michael here is pushing his luck by drinking out of the potentially deer and horse poop-ladened water.
View from Crab Creek Rd. near DuPont looking toward Pisgah. You can see a rain shower ahead. The area is a temperate rain forest, and in the summer you can quickly be caught in a downpour, like we did in DuPont. There may be lightning and hail involved. If you are in doubt, refer to the everything is trying to kill you statement above.
Expanded view of Pisgah. This landowner's got some killer views (if views could kill, and who knows, Pisgah views might stop your heart).
Ready to roll...
Base of Bridal Veil Falls. You used to be able to ride your bike up to the falls, then cross under, and hike-a-bike up the other side. But not anymore. Note the sign and the everything trying to kill you reference above. Waterfalls be deadly.
This is the Airstrip in DuPont. Near the Airstrip trailhead. I snapped this pic just before a big thunderstorm rolled in. We hightailed it down Airstrip. Again, everything is trying to kill you.
This is the horse barn off of Barn Trail. We totally lucked out (well, with a touch of strategic planning on my part) that we were right nearby when the skies opened up. So we took shelter here. Later, others totally soaked stopped here as well, including the women's Clemmons bicycle team, and I snapped this pic of all the bikes lined up. I grew up in Clemmons before mountain biking existed.
Michael on Cedar Rock Trail.
This is Michael at what I now call Nut Crunch Rock on Burnt Mountain Trail. You may recall the hilarious commentary on the Burnt Mountain Video where Mark follows me as I launch this rock. It's starts at 1:30 in the video. It may try to kill you as well, but more likely just crunch up your nuts.
Turns out they now have a cereal named after this so-called rock. What mountain biking has to do with breakfast cereal I may never understand, but I think if it's got the words nut, and crunch, mountain biking must be the first thing that comes to mind. It may be useful to know if you're in marketing or advertising, although you may never get a date with a marketing chick if you're a mountain biker.
When you are done riding, if you're a real mountain biker, have a beer (otherwise you are a roadie spy). Or if you're a kid, have a soda. It's all handled by the liver pretty much the same way. This is the Pisgah Brewing Company in Brevard, NC.
Until next time....
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1. Robin said...
SBA, Where are you staying? Davidson River is always booked!
Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:12 PM
2. SBA said...
Yes, it is getting more and more difficult to find a place to stay during peak times, esp. with all the leaf peepers, hikers, kayakers, cyclists, campers, and seemingly every other old fart from Florida. Now we got Hunger Games tours. First Davidson River gets full, then the place we always rented is now booked. So I took the next step and bought a place there. I love Brevard.
Sep 21, 2012 @ 5:15 AM
3. Robin said...
That's awesome! We camped at Davidson River in August and took the kids on a tour of Gwynn Valley summer camp. The owner was telling us about Guion Farm and how they have a kids area. We found it late that evening, and my kids had a blast!
Sep 21, 2012 @ 5:34 PM
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