The DuPont State Forest is located in western North Carolina, about 30 minutes southwest of Asheville – it’s just south of the more popular Pisgah National Forest. The DuPont State Forest has nearly 100 miles of trails and is often referred to as the “land of waterfalls.” In the 10,000 acre tract of land, there are six major waterfalls – some of which you’ve seen in movies like Last of The Mohicans. The forest is a popular place to hike for it’s easy access, miles of trails, and spectacular views along the way.
In today’s post we’re going to visit the Top 3 waterfalls you must see while hiking in the DuPont State Forest.
Will start with Hooker because of it’s easy access. This waterfall can be reached by parking in the Hooker Falls parking lot – it’s the first lot you come across if you enter the park on Dupont Road. Hooker Falls is a short .36 mile hike from the parking lot. The trail is not paved, but it is groomed and wide enough for a small car to travel down. The hike is easy and enjoyable. You will walk along side the Little River until you reach the Falls on your left. There is a lookout location at the top and another lookout from the bottom if you continue your hike another 100-200 yards.
You will also start your hike to High Falls from the Hooker Falls parking lot. Take the Triple Falls Trail from the lot for about .4 miles and you will see the a waterfall through the trees. Triple Falls is a beautiful waterfall, but for this post I wanted to give you something that’s a bit of a hike from the parking lot and not just an easy walk.
There are two ways you can reach High Falls from here: continue on Triple Falls Trail until you reach Buck Forest Road (go left at this intersection) or you can take the scenic route along the river via the High Falls Trail. This trail is still well maintained but has more rugged steps to it and a steeper incline at points. If you take the The Buck Forest Road way it is like walking on a gravel and a paved road at points. That’s no fun!
When you reach the top of High Falls you will see the covered bridge. Be careful if you play in the water here. Many people have slipped on a rock gone over the edge. The whole hike from the parking lot to High Falls is just over 1 mile.
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls has several access points too. You can get their via the Corn Mill Shoals Parking Lot or the Fawn Lake Parking Lot. My favorite way is from the Corn Mill Shoals Parking Lot. You will take the Corn Mill Shoals Trail the entire way, which is 2.73 miles one way.
Bridal Veil Falls trail starts off relatively easy but once you pass through Tom Creek (a fun creek you get to take your shoes off and walk through to reach the other side) it gets steep and has several switchbacks. The hike is very scenic and enjoyable at a moderate pace. It could take you anywhere from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours to reach Bridal Veil Falls from this trail – just depends on how fast you hike.
I hope you enjoy my waterfall hiking report from the DuPont State Forest. There are so many trails and falls to see that you definitely need to make multiple trips.
About the Author: Jacob Dunbar is a kayaker, hiker and outdoor enthusiast who writes for Adayak, an outdoor shirts company. Get more from Jacob and Adayak on twitter.