With four spectacular waterfalls along the Little River corridor that are easily accessible and five mountain lakes, DSRF has developed a national reputation for its scenery. DSRF also currently offers over 80 miles of trails that are open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding, making it a popular destination for trail enthusiasts of all kinds.
The overall objective of the Master Plan was to provide a visionary illustration of how to address long‑term needs of the diverse group of DSRF stakeholders. With over 300,000 visitors in 2012, the DSRF has increased in popularity exponentially. The challenge is the balance of resource protection, forest practices, and visitor management. The design approach during the master plan was to enhance each aspect of this balance through identifying selective access improvements and isolated areas for low impact development. Such an approach should keep high use concentrated to specific areas, allow the NC Forest Service to better manage the land, and improve the forest experience for the visitor.