DUPONT UPDATES FOR 2014
• 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 in early morning mist
Bending tree at the end of River Bend Trail, near base of High Falls
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 is fun to explore - from top to bottom!
The short hike to the top of Cedar Rock is nearby. See our Cedar Rock Guide. See more DuPont fall pics.
100 miles of mountain bike trails - from easy to challenging! Park at Guion Farm Access to miss all the waterfall hikers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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