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DuPont State Forest: Waterfalls, Hiking, Biking

DuPont Guide: DuPont Overview | High Falls | Triple Falls | Bridal Veil Falls | Hooker Falls | Cedar Rock Hike | Stone Mountain Hike | Wintergreen Falls | Autumn at DuPont | Tour de Falls | DuPont History | Waterfall Hike
Related: More Waterfalls | Merry Falls | Looking Glass Falls | Sliding Rock | Hiking Guide | Gorges State Park | Brevard | Rainbow Falls | Hendersonville | Waterfall Drives & Maps | Winter Waterfalls

High Falls at DuPont State Forest

DuPont State Forest Bridge
• Download a DuPont State Forest trail map for your Apple or Android device at the Avenza Map Store through your Apple iTunes or Google Play account. Search for “fodf” for $4.99. All proceeds used to support conservation, education and recreational activities in DuPont.
• The Visitor Center at the High Falls parking area is staffed with volunteers to answer questions. Read more.
Download a PDF the new trail map for hiking & biking.
Tour de Falls (12-mile tour via shuttle buses) in 2015 will be held in May 2-3 & September 26-27. Read more.

High Falls
High Falls in early morning mist

Triple Falls
Triple Falls with fall color.

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is fun to explore - from top to bottom!

Cedar Rock at DuPont Forest NC
The short hike to the top of Cedar Rock is nearby. See our Cedar Rock Guide. See more DuPont fall pics.

DuPont State Forest Mountain Bike
80 miles of mountain bike trails - from easy to challenging! Park at Guion Farm Access to miss all the waterfall hikers.

Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge near the top of High Falls, on Buck Forest Road (for walking and biking)

Wintergreen Falls
Wintergreen Falls is a beautiful hike on the quieter side of the forest.

Our favorite waterfall hike in the Asheville area is at DuPont State Forest, located between Brevard and Hendersonville. Located about 40 miles southwest of Asheville, this 10,000-acre North Carolina state forest is home to 80+ miles of trails. A three-mile roundtrip hike (mostly level with a couple of climbs) takes you to three beautiful waterfalls (Hooker, Triple and High Falls). Or take a seven-mile DuPont waterfall hike or hike to the top of Cedar Rock or Stone Mountain.

For more solitude and avoid the crowds, arrive early and visit on weekdays. Or take a breakfast for a very early morning hike and picnic on the roads at Triple Falls. DuPont is open everyday 5 AM until 10 PM. Admission is free.

The Visitor Center is located at the High Falls parking area. About a mile away on the same road is Hooking Falls parking area. That's we start for the three-mile hike to Hooker, Triple and High Falls.

Hooker Falls
From the Hooker Falls parking area (adjacent to the river), take a short walk to the right to Hooker Falls. There is a observation area above the falls, and you can continue on the trail to reach the base of the falls. This is a popular spot for wading and swimming in Casade Lake at the foot of the 12-foot waterfall.
From Hooker Falls, turn around and go past the parking area and follow the trail upstream to the more impressive Triple Falls and High Falls. See more photos of Hooker Falls.

Triple Falls
Less than 1/2 mile from the Hooker Falls parking area (across the river and under the road bridge), arrive at an overlook for Triple Falls with three cascades with a total 120-foot drop. Just past the overlook, a trail forks off to the left and heads down to land on a large rock area below the top two falls and atop the third. It's a great place to relax or have a picnic, while you enjoy the views up and down the waterfall. See more photos of Triple Falls.

High Falls
From Triple Falls, continue about 1/2 mile on the High Falls Trail to the largest waterfall, a 150-foot cascade down an inclined plane of granite. After a few turns and a short, steep hill, see a wonderful view of High Falls on the left. Take the River Bend Trail along the river to the base of High Falls. Do not climb on the rocks near the base, since it's very dangerous. See more photos of High Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls
Hike or bike 2.2 miles from High Falls parking area to this 120-foot tall waterfall that gradually cascades over a rock slope. See our Bridal Veil Falls Guide for more.

Wintergreen Falls
Hike three miles roundtrip to see this 20-foot waterfall deep in the forest on Grassy Creek. See our Wintergreen Falls Guide.

Covered Bridge
To cross the beautiful covered bridge at the top of High Falls, continue on the trail
to the Covered Bridge Trail. The bridge was built in 2000 for a planned, exclusive real estate development. Thankfully, the state bought the land (after a long legal battle) from the developer so it could be preserved. Read the full history of saving Dupont Forest.

Movie Location
The Hunger Games, the major motion picture released in 2012, was filmed at various locations at DuPont State Forest, including Hooker Falls and Triple Falls. More about The Hunger Games.

Pet Friendly Waterfalls
These are pet-friendly waterfall hikes! Dogs on a leash are allowed on any trail.

Cedar Rock Mountain
For another fabulous hike, go to Cedar Rock Mountain, just down the road a bit in DuPont State Forest. This 4.5-mile loop trail takes you across the smooth rock summit for fabulous mountain views. See much more about Cedar Rock Mountain!

Stone Mountain
This 2.4-mile roundtrip hike takes you to the top of the highest peak in DuPont with nice views from rock faces. See our Stone Mountain Guide.

Autumn at DuPont
See photos from DuPont with the fall colors. And the annual DuPont Tour de Falls event is held each October.

Mountain Biking
DuPont State Forest is fast becoming one of the leading mountain bike destinations in Western North Carolina with 80 miles of trails, nearly all of which is open to both equestrians and mountain bikers. DuPont offers everything from gentle forest roads to exciting single track, with an impressive variety of scenic attractions located only minutes apart. Bike to waterfalls or go to the quieter side at Guion Farm Access.  Download their Mountain Bike Guide.
Also see our Mountain Biking Guide.

Horseback Riding
DuPont's trails are used by hikers, bikers, horseback riders, fishermen, and hunters (during season). Read more about horseback riding here and elsewhere in the area.

Accessibility to Waterfalls
Vehicle passes are available by reservation for disabled persons unable to hike to the waterfalls or other destinations. Reservations may be made between 9 AM and 5 PM for any days except Mondays and Tuesdays. No charge. Call 828-877-6527. The trail to Hooker Falls is wheel-chair accessible. Twice a year, ride shuttles to the waterfalls with Tour de Falls.

Take a video tour of the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest!

Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls - a great swimming hole!

DuPont State Forest Directions

Directions from Asheville (via Brevard) to two parking areas: I-26 East to exit 40 for Highway 280/Airport exit toward Brevard. Turn right onto 280 and drive about 16 miles. Turn left on U.S. 64 as you enter Brevard past Wal-Mart. Travel east on U.S. 64 for 3.7 miles to the gas station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd and continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Ascend and descend; after 3.1 miles, find the Hooker Falls parking area on the right just before the Little River bridge. One mile past this parking area is the larger High Falls parking area with restrooms, visitor center and water. Open during daylight hours. No admission fee. (See Google Map below.)

Directions from Hendersonville: Take Business US-25 (Church St.) south to Kanuga and turn right. Kanuga becomes Crab Creek Rd. after 3.9 miles at Little River Rd. (flashing traffic light). Continue on Crab Creek 7.1 miles to DuPont Rd. Turn left for 3.1 miles.

Guion Farm Access: (For Stone Mountain hike, horseback riding and mountain bikes) Same directions as above. After you turn right DuPont Rd, go 7/10 of a mile and turn left on Sky Valley Road. Go past the junction of Old CCC Road to the Guion Farm Access Area 1.6 miles on the right.

Stone Mountain, DuPont State Forest
Hike to the top of Stone Mountain, a somewhat hiddened jewel at DuPont Forest.

Triple Falls NC Frozen
Triple Falls partially frozen in the winter. See more wintry waterfall photos.

Triple Falls NC
Don't miss getting a closer look at Triple Falls (great picnic spot!) by taking the stairs down to this spot. Yes, dogs are allowed on leashes! See more Triple Falls photos.

High Falls AutumnTriple Falls Fall Color
October Fall Colors: High Falls (left) and Triple Falls. See more DuPont Forest Fall Photos.

Picnic Shelter Reservations
Picnic Shelters are available for rental. Includes limited number of vehicle passes through gates. Fee depends on size of shelter. (i.e. Triple Falls $50; High Falls $25). Reservations are for the entire day (9 AM-5 PM). 828-877-6527.

Waterfall Safety
Although beautiful to see, waterfalls can be very dangerous. Every year people fall to their death after a slip on wet rocks above and around waterfalls in the area. Never climb or slide on waterfalls, or swim, wade or play in the water above a waterfall. Children must be constantly supervised when visiting waterfalls. Do not allow pets to roam freely. It is easy to underestimate the slickness of rocks and the strong flow of water. Stay on the established trails and enjoy the view from the overlooks.

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