Hiking to Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont State Forest

This morning we set out for a hike to Bridal Veil Falls in the DuPont State Forest in western North Carolina. We parked at the Corn Mill Shoals parking lot and took the Corn Mill Shoals trail the entire way to Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a 2.75 mile hike to the falls, so about 5.5 miles round trip. We hiked at a pretty quick pace and made it to the falls in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The trail starts out pretty easy, it’s wide and has compacted gravel in certain spots – it’s a great trail for mountain bikers. About a mile into the hike you come to a wet stream crossing (I believe it was Little River). We took our shoes off and made it across without falling. The water was probably shin high, but the rocks below us were extremely slippery. After you cross the creek the trails turns into a narrow, rocky climb with nice elevation gains.

We eventually made it to Bridal Veil Falls and had some lunch. We then climbed up to the top of the falls where you can actually go behind the waterfall – I believe parts of Last of the Mohicans were filmed here. We hung out at the falls for about an hour and then took the Corn Mill Shoals trail back to the car.

It was a fun hike, thought at some spots the bugs were pretty bad. We didn’t see any wildlife along the way, probably because it was too hot. Below are some pictures of the hike.

Corn Mill Shoals hiking trail

Corn Mill Shoals hiking trail in DuPont State Forest

Little River stream crossing

cairn on hiking trail

lower Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont State Forest

upper Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont State Forest

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