TreeTops Trail Race

8.5 Mile

DuPont State Forest’s signature trail race experience

SEPTEMBER 28, 2024


This event is limited to 300 participants

The TreeTops Trail Race in DuPont State Forest is a challenging event that draws runners and outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. The 8.5 mile 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.

Permit pending government approvals  | Race date & course subject to change

why you'll love this race:

  • The only race opportunity offered in the DuPont State Forest
  • Register before August 18 and get a race sticker and a FREE hoodie! Shirts are available for purchase, too!
  • Free succulent for all finishers
  • Award Medals 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 course offers a unique opportunity to elevate your fitness among the rolling hills and towering trees that make up this beautiful forest. 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 course will have 2 water stations.

8.5 Mile

Start Time
9:00 AM


Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Spend the Weekend

An Authentic Mountain Destination

If you're not from here, you're going to love visiting here. Experience the thrill of running or cycling amidst the breathtaking beauty of Western North Carolina, where the rugged mountains and pristine landscapes set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. We invite you to make our event your ultimate destination race. Our Visitor’s Guide features lodging options, airport info, and the inside scoop on what to see and do while you’re here.

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