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Asheville, NC: Guion Farm Loop

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.

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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

To Trailhead

From Asheville, take I-26 east to NC-280 toward Brevard. Turn left (east) on US-64 and travel approximately 3.7 miles and turn right on Crab Creek Rd. Continue approximately 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Turn left on Sky Valley Road and look for parking area on the right after approximately 1.5 miles.

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