High Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest changes a bit every day, depending on recent rains or time of year. To see this 150-foot tall waterfall, hike or bike 1.2-mile roundtrip easy trail from the High Falls Visitor Center parking area. The photo at top is the view at the base of High Falls via River Bend Trail (you'll see on the left if you are hiking from Hooker Falls - between Triple and High Falls - or on the right past High Falls if hiking from the Visitor Center). When the water is not high, you can safely rock hop along the river bank to get a close-up view.
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 hke to three waterfalls). Bridal Veil Falls is a 2.2-mile hike or bike. 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! See our tips for avoiding the big weekend crowds of summer and fall.
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 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 4.1 miles, find the High Falls parking lot on the left. Open during daylight hours. See on Google Maps.
This view is from the High Falls hiking trail and picnic shelter. Fall color at the waterfall arrives in mid to late October.
It's a great winter hike option, especially after a cold snap that creates spectacular ice formations.