TreeTops Trail Races

8.5 Mile, 5k, & 1 Mile

DuPont State Forest’s signature trail race experience

SEPTEMBER 28, 2024

The Treetops Trail Race in DuPont State Forest is a thrilling and challenging event that draws runners and outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. With varying distances and terrains to choose from, the Treetops Trail Race caters to both seasoned trail runners and newcomers looking for an adventure. The breathtaking scenery, combined with the technical nature of the course, makes this race a true test of endurance and skill. Whether you're seeking a personal challenge or simply a chance to connect with nature, the Treetops Trail Race offers an unforgettable experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of DuPont State Forest.

why you'll love this race:

  • The only race opportunity offered in the DuPont State Forest
  • Awesome shirts! Free if you register before August 20. Hoodies are available too!
  • Custom wood medal for finishers of the 8.5-mile race
  • Free succulent for finishers of all races
  • Prizes for overall and age group winners
  • Professional chip-timed event
  • A well-marked course with GPS route available
  • DuPont Forest Festivities following the race

The Course

The courses offer 3 unique opportunities to elevate your fitness among the rolling hills and towering trees that make up this beautiful forest. The 1-mile course is great for runners and walkers and features wide forest roads and some double-track trails. The 5K course features a mixture of forest roads and trails with some moderately challenging terrain. The 8.5-mile course is a trail runners dream. With nearly 1,000 feet of elevation gain, it’s a challenging endurance route taking you through the most beautiful parts of the forest. The 1-mile course will have a single water station while the 5K and 8.5-mile course each have 2 water stations.

8.5 Mile

Start Time
8:00 AM


5K | 3.1 Miles

Start Time
8:30 AM


1 Mile

Start Time
9:45 AM

Post Race Festivities

At the conclusion of the race, the DuPont Forest Festival kicks off. With a diverse array of activities, such as guided hikes, educational workshops, live music, and food vendors, the festival offers something for everyone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the forest's natural beauty, learn about its rich ecological history, and participate in hands-on activities that foster a deeper connection with the environment. The DuPont Forest Festival not only showcases the wonders of this magnificent woodland but also promotes conservation and responsible enjoyment of the outdoors, making it a must-attend event for anyone seeking a memorable and educational experience in the heart of nature.

Our Community Partners

All signature iDaph events partner with nearby organizations to help advance their mission. Supporting local causes strengthens our community bonds by addressing the unique challenges and needs within our area. It ensures that resources are allocated where they can have the most direct and tangible impact, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment among residents.


Friends of DuPont Forest campaigns for investment and policies that keep the water clean, the wildlife safe, and the trails awesome!


iDream Athletes Foundation advances fitness opportunities for Western North Carolina children and adults who need financial assistance.

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