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Friends of DuPont Forest will again sponsor the annual Tour de Falls on Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Leaving from the Buck Forest parking lot off Staton Road in Cedar Mountain, vans will allow the public and their families and friends a chance to visit High falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. Visitors boarding specially equipped vans that have low entry steps, high ceilings and handicap railings will be transported through a seasonal fairyland to see Triple Falls, High Falls and on into the inte- rior of the forest past the horse barn and pastures to Bridle Veil Falls.

Leaving Bridal Veil Falls, the vans will take visitors to Lake Julia, the 100-acre lake sitting on top of the mountains surrounded by laurel and rhododendron, where light refreshments will be served in the rustic Lodge. The round trip tour of about 10 miles passes over a covered bridge and through beautiful forest areas before returning to the Buck Forest gate. At each stop visitors are encouraged to depart the van and enjoy the surrounding area by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the shelters, hike, or just sit on a rock to take in the beauty of au- tumn leaves and rushing streams. Vans will be circulating every 15 minutes. FODF will have volunteer members at each stop to assist visitors where needed and to explain nearby viewing areas.

Friends of DuPont Forest is a non-profit corporation that assists the Forest Service with over-all maintenance of the 10,600 acres and works to have the forest be accessible by all user groups. The Tour de Falls weekends have been designed to provide fun days especially for families and for those that can't hike the distances to see the beauty of the season and the most spectacular waterfalls in the southeast. At the most recent Tour de Falls held in May, over 660 van riders partici- pated in this semi-annual, weekend event. A donation of only $10 per

person, per day, is requested. Plan to spend as much of the day

can. If you have any www.dupontforest.com

questions contact or call 862-5618 or

the FODF 884-2006.

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Handicapped accessible shuttle vans will leave from the Buck Forest parking lot on Staton Road between 9 am and 4 pm. Vans will visit Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. Bring a picnic lunch if you like and enjoy the beauty of DuPont Forest. See www.dupontforest.com for directions or call 828-862-5618 or 828-884-2006 for more information.

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