DuPont State Forest: Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, DuPont Forest NC

Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont State Forest is certainly a beautiful spot to explore. You can enjoy the 120-foot tall falls from many angles, including from an observation deck, flat rocks at the base of the waterfall, along the side, at the top and even underneath! When water levels are not too high, you can walk behind the top 10-foot drop of the falls (like was done in the movie The Last of the Mohicans). It was most recently it was a Hunger Games film location.

Bridal Veil Falls

The waterfall cascades down a long granite slope. All of this rock gives you plenty of places to safely explore (when rock is dry!) and great locations for a picnic and photos. A reminder, wet rocks around waterfalls can be very slippery and are the cause of many injuries. Hike to Bridal Veil from either the High Falls or Fawn Lake parking areas. Download a PDF of the DuPont Forest Trails Map.

Bridal Veil Falls

We suggest parking at the High Falls parking area (complete with restrooms and visitor center). The hike to the Bridal Veil Falls is 4.4 miles roundtrip. Most of the hike is on wide gravel roads (great for mountain biking) with no steep sections and not much elevation gain. On the way to or from, hike to Grassy Creek Falls (and extra 1.6 miles) or take the scenic, wooded Three Lakes Trail (an extra 1/2 mile) that takes you by Lake Dense, Lake Alford and Lake Julia. Or extend your hike to seven miles by including High Falls and Triple Falls.

DuPont State Forest is home to many waterfalls, including the nearby High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls. On the other side of the park is Wintergreen Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls
Very top section of Bridal Veil Falls that you can walk behind when the water is low

Bridal Veil Falls Hike Directions
From the High Falls Parking area: Take the Buck Forest Road over the covered bridge. Just after the bridge, take a right on Conservation Road. Take this 1.1 miles to Bridal Veil Falls trail on the right and go 1/2 mile to the end. On that trail, you will pass a horse barn on the left with pumps for fresh drinking water if you need a refill. (For the recommended Three Lake Trail detour, turn left on Joanna Road about 1/10 mile from the start of Conservation Road. Travel Joanna Road about 1/10 mile to Three Lakes Trail on the right. This 7/10-mile trail ends back on Conservation Road - so take a left to continue to Bridal Veil.)

To hike from the Fawn Lake Access Area, turn right 0.10 miles and take the first left on Conservation Road for 1.70 miles past the airstrip and turn left on Bridal Veil Falls Road 0.53 miles to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls. And extend your exploration by hiking to some nearby hidden lakes.

Grassy Creek Falls
This small cascade down a rock slope is more secluded and less visited than Bridal Veil. Enjoy the view from the top or take a newly built path down to the base of the falls. To reach the base, you will need to crawl over some rocks and fallen trees. If you only have time for one or two waterfalls, skip this one since the others are more impressive.

Grassy Creek Falls Hike Directions
Take Buck Forest Road from High Falls parking area for 1.1 miles. Cross Grassy Creek and turn left on Lake Imaging Trail. Continue for a short distance to the marked Grassy Creek Falls trail on the left and follow it to the top of the falls. If you want to venture to the bottom, there is a small trail that snakes through the woods with several short side trails to the falls.

This is also a Bridal Veil Falls in Highlands that you drive behind.

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