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High Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest is a gorgeous 150-ft. tall waterfall about 45 minutes drive from Asheville. Hike or bike a 1.2-mile round-trip, moderate trail from the High Falls Visitor Center parking area. Or take the 2-mile High Falls Loop to see Triple Falls also. The photo at the top is the view at the base of High Falls via a spur trail signed "Base of Falls" - located as you hike toward Triple Falls. The spur trail is about 1/3 of a mile. When the water is not high, you can safely rock hop along the river bank to get a close-up view.

High Falls, Dupont Forest

While it's a great spot for picnics, remember to bring all food, snacks and drinks since there are none for sale here. Stop at the visitor center for maps and info on more waterfalls to see during your visit.

Triple Falls is just 1/2-mile from High Falls (part of our favorite 3-mile DuPont hike to three waterfalls). Bridal Veil Falls is a 2.2-mile hike or bike ride. Or take our 7-mile waterfall hike. See our DuPont Forest Guide to plan a visit.

It's a gorgeous setting, so it's a popular place! Expect plenty of company on weekends. Overflow parking is common on weekends, so arrive early or come late to escape the crowds.

High Falls

Directions from Asheville (via Brevard): 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 US-64 as you enter Brevard past Wal-Mart. Travel east on US-64 for 3.7 miles to the gas station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd, continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Ascend and descend; after 4.1 miles, find the High Falls parking lot on the left. Open during daylight hours. See on Google Maps. Address: 89 Buck Forest Road, Cedar Mountain, NC.

High Falls, Fall color

This view is from the High Falls hiking trail and picnic shelter. Fall color at the waterfall arrives in mid to late October.

High Falls Frozen

It's a great winter hike option, especially after a cold snap that creates spectacular ice formations. Of course, be very careful since there could be a sheet of ice underneath a dusting of snow.

Trail Map

DuPont Forest Waterfalls Trail Map

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