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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 | Autumn at DuPont | DuPont Updates | 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

Triple Falls, DuPont State Forest
Triple Falls: As seen in the movie The Hunger Games

DUPONT UPDATES FOR 2014
DuPont State Forest Bridge
• Take the pedestrian bridge across the river at the newly expanded Hooker Falls parking area.
• The new Visitor Center at the High Falls parking area is staffed with volunteers to answer questions. Read more.
• The trail to the base of High Falls has been closed due to numerous injuries on the slick rocks. The River Bend Trail (between High & Triple Falls) takes you to the base.
Download the new trail map for hiking & biking.
Tour de Falls (12-mile tour via shuttle buses) in 2014 will be held in May 10-11 & October 18-19. Read more.

High Falls
High Falls in early morning mist

DuPont State Forest
Bending tree at the end of River Bend Trail, near base of High Falls

Triple Falls, NC
The smooth, flat rock surface at Triple Falls is perfect for a picnic. To beat the crowds, come early with a breakfast!

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
100 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)

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 90 miles of hiking 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 7-mile DuPont waterfall hike.

The three mile waterfall hike at DuPont State Forest is most crowded on weekend afternoons. For more solitude, arrive early and visit on weekdays. Or take a breakfast for a very early morning hike and picnic on the roads at Triple 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 across the road bridge to the other side of the river) 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, you will 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.

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-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 100 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.

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

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 Texaco 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.

Hunger Games Movie Location
Jennifer Lawrence on the set of THE HUNGER GAMES in DuPont State Forest.
Photo credit: Murray Close

DuPont State ForestDuPont State Forest
Beautiful hiking trails lead to the waterfalls

Triple Falls Winter
See more wintry waterfall photos from Dupont State Forest.

Triple Falls, DuPont Forest
Looking down the last cascade of Triple Falls (great picnic spot!). See more Triple Falls photos.

High Falls, DuPont Forest
Fall at High Falls - see more DuPont Forest Fall Photos. And see more High Falls photos.

WARNING: 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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