Dupont State Forest – 4 lakes, a waterfall and a surprise

CMC Dupont Hike - 02/25/2013
At Dupont State Forest

Today it’s raining the proverbial cats and dogs. I just saw a large tree come down across the street. Good thing that no one was underneath.

But Sunday was an outstanding day. I led a hike for Carolina Mountain Club in Dupont State Forest. Ten strong hikers came to explore four lakes, a waterfall and a surprise.

We started from the Fawn Lake entrance of the forest off of Reasoner Road. A twisty route took us to Bridal Veil Fall, the site of two movies: The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games. Someone was giving Hunger Games tours a while back but our group was getting one for free.

Then onto Three Lakes Trail to catch, well, three lakes: Lake Julia, Dense and Alford. Lake Julia was built by Ben Cart who owned the Summit Camps next to the Dupont property, when it was owned by Dupont. Julia was Ben’s wife. When Cart wanted to close the business, he sold the land to Dupont.

CMC Dupont Hike - at Dense lake
Lake Dense at Dupont State Forest

Lake Dense and Alford were named after Dupont’s general managers. Dense is large and in a sunny spot.

Here two hikers are looking for fish at Lake Dense.

CMC Dupont Hike - Camp Summit remains
Dupont State Forest

We then went on to the surprise. One of our members had found the old Summit Camps buildings in one of his jaunts.

The buildings are all falling apart. The NC State Forest system doesn’t have money to restore them and doesn’t have money to demolish them. Here, I took a picture of the way the building is being propped up.

I’ve been asked not to explain precisely where the buildings are. You just have to explore.

On our way out, we stopped at Fawn Lake, the fourth lake.

 

 

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