Dupont State Recreational Forest covers an area of 10,400 acres and is located about half-way between Hendersonville and Brevard. Dupont State Forest has almost 90 miles of recreational trails traveling to waterfalls, pristine lakes, and other attractions such as a covered bridge over High Falls. Some of the best hiking and running trails are in Dupont State Forest.
Other areas for hiking are Pisgah Forest, Gorges State Park, Bent Creek, Mills River and Davidson River.
For more hiking trails in Western NC: http://www.hikewnc.info/besthikes/waterfalls/