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CONTACT: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs

Grand opening of pedestrian bridge, welcome center
at DuPont State Recreational Forest set for Monday

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, N.C. Forest Service staff and local conservationists will officially open the Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge and the Aleen Steinberg Welcome Center at DuPont State Recreational Forest.

The events are open to the public and will take place rain or shine.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, July 1
DuPont State Recreational Forest
SCHEDULE: 11 a.m. — Opening of Hooker Falls pedestrian bridge, featuring remarks by Commissioner Troxler and Secretary Tata. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the bridge.

Noon — Opening of Aleen Steinberg Welcome Center at the High Falls Access. Speakers will include Commissioner Troxler, Aleen Steinberg and L.T. Ward of WNC Communities. The public is invited to tour the center after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

OTHER INFO: The pedestrian bridge, which is over the Little River, will allow visitors to access both sides of the forest without having to cross Staton Road. A new parking lot is near the bridge.

The visitor center will serve as a central location for educating the public about the forest’s history while stressing the need for safety around the four major waterfalls in the forest. Steinberg is a local conservationist who was instrumental in the state obtaining the forest.

For directions to the forest, visit



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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