See three of our biggest waterfalls (Triple Falls, High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls), Lake Julia and beautiful woodlands along the way in DuPont State Recreational Forest with a 7-mile hike from the High Falls parking area and Visitor Center. Take plenty of water and some snacks. And check with the ranger in the Visitor Center for a map and advice. We created this hike by combining several trails, ending your journey back at the starting point. See a map of the trails at the bottom of this page. It's a moderate hike with a few hills but nothing overly strenuous. (Pic at the top is above Bridal Veil Falls.)
Start your hike on High Falls Trail from the parking area. After about a half-mile, turn left on Triple Falls Trail.
Mile 1.1: See all three cascades of Triple Falls from the main trail. Then backtrack just a bit to the staircase that takes you down for a closer look. Read more about Triple Falls.
Mile 1.3: Find a wide rock plateau by Triple Falls, a great place for a snack and sitting to soak in the view and sound. Stay out of the water since currents are strong and you are at the top of the bottom cascade.
Mile 1.9: At the top of the Triple Falls stairs, turn left and head to the High Falls Trail, then watch for River Bend Trail on your left. Take this short trail to the base of High Falls. Read more about High Falls.
Mile 2.0: At the end of River Bend Trail, you can continue along the river edge to get a very close view with mist from High Falls if the water is not too high. Don't attempt if water covers most of the rocks. Be careful on slick rocks and fallen trees.
Mile 2.5: Backtrack the River Bend Trail, turn left on High Falls trail and climb a hill for the great view of High Falls from the trail. Continue 2/10-mile to the Covered Bridge Trail.
Mile 3.0: The Covered Bridge Trail takes you to Buck Forest Road. Turn left and walk across the covered bridge at the top of High Falls. A short distance past the bridge, turn right onto Conservation Road (you'll see a sign that says "Bridal Veil Falls 1.6 miles"). Both Buck Forest Road and Conservation Road are also great for beginner mountain biking.
Mile 3.75: After you cross a bridge over the Lake Julia spillway, you'll see a short trail on the left that takes you to the top of the dam for this view of the lake. Return to the main trail and turn left to proceed to Bridal Veil.
Mile 4.7: After walking 1.1 miles on Conservation Road, turn right onto Bridal Veil Falls Trail. Pass a stable on the left (with a pump for drinking water by the picnic tables). At the end of the trail, you'll find a wide turnaround area with a more narrow trail that leads to the base of the broad waterfall. Read more about Bridal Veil Falls.
Mile 4.9: Walk up the left side of Bridal Veil Falls on the rock slope if the water is low so there is plenty of exposed dry rock (most of the time). Wet surfaces of the rock face can be very slippery. Turn around and head back via the same route to the parking area.
Mile 7.2: Arrive back at the Visitor Center via Bridal Veil Falls Trail, taking a left on Conservation Road and another left at the end onto Buck Forest Road.
If you want to extend your hike by 1.5 miles, from Triple Falls continue to Hooker Falls and return the same way. Read more about Hooker Falls.
Extend your hike by 5 miles by combining our DuPont Hike to Hidden Lakes.
Most of the trail to Bridal Veil Falls follows an unpaved road closed to cars, so it's great for biking.
DuPont State Forest Directions from Asheville
Take 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 4.2 miles, find High Falls parking area on the left. (Street address: 89 Buck Forest Road, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718)
Watch Video: Waterfalls on this hike in DuPont State Recreational Forest