I ran this Spring trail half marathon in 2010 but missed it in 2011 because of a tender back. Much of the course is forest service roads comprised of dirt and gravel, but there’s also some double track trails and a unique stretch on an old mountain top asphalt air strip that provides great views. It’s reasonably hilly and the last couple of miles are mostly a gradual uphill pull. You’ll experience it in the fast start because you’ll be coming back the same way.
NOTE: This race is capped at 400 runners this year. The race has always sold out, so if you’re interested, don;t wait too long.
Directions to Dupont Forest:
From Asheville, NC
Take I 26 east to Exit 40 (Asheville Airport exit). Turn right off Exit 40 onto NC 280 (also known as Airport Road). Take NC 280 south 16 miles to US 64. Turn left onto US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the stop light at the Texaco station in Penrose.
Turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and go 4.3 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right onto DuPont Rd and go 0.7 miles to a left on Sky Valley Road. Follow Sky Valley Road past the junction of Old CCC Road to the Guion Farm Access Area 1.6 miles on the right.