DuPont Forest

DuPont Forest

A History

Danny Bernstein


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DuPont Forest protects thousands of acres of trees, five lakes and more than one hundred miles of multiuse trails. It attracts hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers from all over the United States, and its six waterfalls have been featured in movies like The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans. All of this natural beauty is easily accessible, increasing its appeal. It took not only the generosity of a multinational company but also Southern Appalachian grit and self-reliance and local activism to make these benefits available to all. DuPont Forest is young, and its future is still unfolding. Author and hiker Danny Bernstein traces the past of DuPont State Recreational Forest and shows its potential.


Danny Bernstein:
Danny Bernstein is a hiker, hike leader and outdoor writer. She's written two Southern Appalachian hiking guides, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina (The History Press) and Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. In her previous life, she worked in computer science, way before computers were cool, first as a software developer and then as a professor of computer science. Her motto is "No place is too far to walk if you have the time."