Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dupont State Forest and The Hunger Games

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Waterfalls are simply beautiful, aren't they?  I've always been fascinated by them.  There are four gorgeous falls in Dupont State Forest.  The forest is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  It is just about an hour car ride from Asheville, NC.

A few weeks after Dominic was born we decided to take a little trip out there.  We saw two of the magical waterfalls.  While there are quite a few trails, there are over 10,000 acres of forest after all, the trails that we hiked were extremely easy to navigate.  (I use the word "hike" loosely here, I was still recovering from my c-section, was wearing an infant, and Catherine was wearing a sundress and sandals.  We weren't ready for anything too adventurous.)  We only encountered one fairly large hill.

My husband carried a small cooler with water and snacks, which was great.  (I do recommend bringing water with you!)  We took a break near one of the waterfalls in a picnic area.  We did manage to take a wrong turn (or miss a turn?) on one of the trails, so we didn't quite make the loop we had originally intended, so be warned -- pay attention to the trail markers!

The geeky side of me also appreciated that some of The Hunger Games was filmed at Dupont State Forest.  (Actually, most of the Hunger Games was filmed in North Carolina.)  According to Wikipedia, most of the outdoor scenes, including those from the arena and those from the outskirts of District 12, were filmed in DuPont State Forest.

If you have a free day, or even just an afternoon, and are looking for a family friendly outdoor adventure in Western North Carolina, I highly recommend visiting Dupont State Forest.

Have you been to Dupont State Forest?  What did you see?  
Did you know that some of The Hunger Games was filmed there?

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