PAC hike heads to DuPont State Forest March 25

Published 1:17 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PAC Rainbow Falls hikers. (photo submitted)

Hikers are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) Friday, March 25 for the third hike of PAC’s Spring Hiking Series, an approximate 5-mile, moderate loop trail in DuPont State Forest to view High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls.

DuPont State Forest is made up of over 10,000 acres of forestland containing numerous streams and lakes. There are over 80 miles of roads and trails within the property that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The most popular and most visited of the waterfalls on the property are High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls. These three falls were sites for several of the scenes in the movie “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Hikers should expect to return to the Columbus area around 2 p.m.; however, return time varies due to the number of hikers and the varying pace of the hikers. Hikers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a bag lunch and/or snack and plenty of water. Be sure to bring any personal medication that you may require. In case of inclement weather, contact the PAC office by 8:15 a.m. on the day of the hike to see if the hike will take place.

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If you are interested in attending the PAC hike at to DuPont State Forest, contact the PAC office to sign up by phone at 828-859-5060 or e-mail Hikers will be meeting at the Columbus Bi-Lo at 8:45 a.m. to carpool and start the journey to DuPont State Forest.

Hikers who participated in PAC’s previous hike to Rainbow Falls witnessed a very impressive waterfall after all the recent rainfall. If you would like to view some photos from the hike, visit PAC’s Facebook page – “Pacolet Conservancy.” Feel free to tag PAC in some of your photos from the hike.

If you cannot make this hike, visit or follow PAC’s Facebook page for upcoming information on the next hike, April 8, to the Green River Game Lands, as PAC Land Protection Specialist leads hikers to view “the Narrows.”

The Pacolet Area Conservancy has helped protect more than 8,000 acres in the foothills region. PAC’s mission is to conserve and protect the area’s natural resources and to envision a community living and growing in harmony with our natural heritage. If you’d like to learn about the conservation of our beautiful watershed, contact the PAC office at the number above for information or an appointment, or visit the website shown above.