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Lake Imaging, Thomas Cemetery and Grassy Creek Falls Tour - Dupont State Forest

This tour is mix of the natural beauty and history of Dupont State Forest.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Dupont State Forest-Lake Imaging, Thomas Cemetery and Grassy Creek Falls tour is about 7.7 miles long. The trail is great for mountain... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. If hiking, wear broken-in hiking boots.

Directions from Brevard:
Turn south 2.6 miles on DuPont... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Lake Imaging Access Area (with audio)

Begin your trip in Lake Imaging Access Area.

2. Information Bulletin

This bulletin is posted with information from forest service contacts to what to watch for (such as snakes) on the trail. You might want to look over this before you begin your trip.

3. Trail Courtesy

Always show courtesy when on the trail. Dogs should be kept on a leash. Bikers and hikers yield to horses on the trail, and bikers yield to hikers.

4. Lake Imaging View (with audio)

Lake Imaging is our first landmark on this trip. There is a picnic shelter and a fishing dock on the lake.

5. Jim Branch Trailhead (with audio)

Take a left upon reaching the intersection of Lake Imaging Road and Jim Branch Trail. As you can see, the first part of Jim Branch Trail is very technical. Don;t be afraid to walk your bike up these rocks.

6. Jim Branch Tr./Issac Heath Tr. intersection (with audio)

Upon reaching this intersection, continue on Jim Branch Trail until reaching Buck Forest Road.

7. Jim Branch Tr./Buck Forest Rd. intersection

Upon reaching this intersection, take a left on Buck Forest Road and continue until reaching Thomas Cemetery Road.

8. Buck Forest Rd./Thomas Cemetery Rd. intersection (with audio)

Upon reaching this intersection, take a right on Thomas Cemetery Road.

9. Bent Tree on Thomas Cemetery Rd.

Its amazing how this tree makes a complete loop before going upward. This may be a strange feat of nature, however, many trees shaped like this are the result of Native Americans'bending them to mark their trails and to point toward sacred sites.

10. Thomas Cemetery (with audio)

This should be a major stop on your trip. Thomas Cemetery is the burial site of the Thomas family, who lived during the Civil War.

Life Scout Matthew Harris, one of the creators of this guide, poses in front of the Thomas Cemetery sign.

If you look closely at the headstone, you can see the name H. W. B. Thomas and the dates June 21, 1833-Sept 2,... More

11. Thomas Cemetery Rd./Buck Forest Rd. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a left on Buck Forest Road.

12. Buck Forest Rd./Lake Imaging Rd. intersection (with audio)

Upon reaching this intersection, take a right onto Lake Imaging Road.

13. Bridge on Lake Imaging Rd.

Continue on Lake Imaging Road until reaching the intersection between Lake Imaging Road and Grassy Creek Falls Trail.

14. Lake Imaging Rd./Grassy Creek Falls intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a left onto Grassy Creek Falls Trail to reach the falls.

15. View of Grassy Creek Falls (with audio)

Take a moment to enjoy the scenery!

16. Grassy Creek Falls Tr./Hilltop Tr. intersection (with audio)

Retrace your steps partly up Grassy Creek Falls Trail until its intersection with Hill Top Trail. Take a left onto Hill Top Trail to get to Locust Trail. Take a left there.

17. Locust Trail/Lake Imaging Road intersection

Continue on Locust Trail past the Lake Imaging intersection to Isaac Heath Trail.

18. Locust Trail/Isaac Heath Trail intersection (with audio)

When you reach this intersection, bear left on Isaac Heath Trail.

19. Isaac Heath Trail (with audio)

Follow Issac Heath Trail past the trail courtesy sign until reaching the intersection between Isaac Heath Trail and Jim Branch Trail.

20. Isaac Heath Trail/Jim Branch Trail intersection (with audio)

Upon reaching this intersection, take a hard left on Jim Branch Trail. Take Jim Branch back to Lake Imaging Road, then turn right on Lake imaging road and continue back to the parking lot.