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Asheville, NC: Guion Farm Loop

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Distance: 7.5 miles


Disappear into deciduous forest outside Asheville on this 7.5-mile bird-watching loop that wanders past a Civil War-era cemetery and hidden cascades.
  • Trailhead
  • Guion Farm
  • White Pine Plantation
  • Doubletrack
  • Rifle Range
  • Rifle Range
  • Ridgeline Trail Junction
  • Shady Trail
  • Singletrack
  • Lake Imaging
  • Jim Branch Trail Junction
  • Buck Forest Road Intersection
  • Thomas Cemetery Road
  • Thomas Cemetery
  • Thomas Cemetery
  • Headstone
  • Intriguing Tree
  • Dry Branch
  • Seasonal Stream
  • Sandy Trail Junction
  • Grassy Creek
  • Wintergreen Falls Trail Junction
  • Wintergreen Falls Trail
  • Wintergreen Falls
  • Wintergreen Falls
  • Tarklin Branch Road Intersection
  • Trail Fork
  • Return Trip

Wildflower lovers and bird watchers will have plenty to gawk at on this 7.5-mile loop in DuPont State Forest. From the trailhead, head north on a double-track trail that soon disappears into a tranquil white pine forest. After wandering into an old rifle field, the trail merges onto a sandy road bed under the canopy of young hardwoods.

Snaking south, the trail wanders by Imaging Lake before passing the Thomas Cemetery, a collection of well-preserved, Civil War-era headstones. Cross a handful of small streams as the trail wanders east towards Grassy Creek and Wintergreen Falls, two peaceful cascades that embody DuPont’s many hidden gems. From Wintergreen Falls, it’s a gentle 1.75-mile uphill trek back to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Tim Johnson

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