behind Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls can be accessed from either the Hooker Falls or Fawn Lake parking areas. A key section of trail was opened in early 2008 which connects the top of High Falls to Bridal Veil. If you want to see Triple, High, and Bridal Veil Falls in the same day, use the Hooker Falls parking area. The hike is 2 1/2 to 3 miles one way and is moderate in difficulty. The trails are gravel roads so they are easy to walk on - it's the elevation changes that add to the difficulty somewhat. The hike is kid friendly if you think they are willing to hike that far. If you just want to see Bridal Veil Falls, the hike from Fawn Lake access is about 2 miles and about the same difficulty.
From the south side of the Hooker Falls parking lot, take the stairs up to Staton Road and carefully cross towards the opposite side of the bridge. Take the stairs down and connect with the Triple Falls Trail that heads up river. It's less than 1/2 mile to Triple Falls. Continue past Triple Falls a short ways and bear left on the High Falls Trail. You'll be walking along a calm section of Little River between Triple and High Falls. After about 1/4 mile come to a fork - continue to the right on the High Falls Trail. It's less than 1/4 mile uphill to the trail side view of High Falls and the picnic tables above. Continue a short distance up to an intersection and turn left which heads up to Buck Forest Rd and the covered bridge. Continue over the bridge and the short distance up to Conservation Rd. Turn right on Conservation Rd. Part of this road was recently opened to the public and I don't have a mileage, but it appears to be about 1 1/2 miles before you turn right on Bridal Veil Falls Rd. You will have passed Lake Julia on your left. Bridal Veil Falls Rd ends near the base of the waterfall after about 1/2 mile and passes a nice horse barn on the left.
From the Fawn Lake access, look for and take the Reasonover Creek Trail. Cross under the power lines and in a short distance turn left on Conservation Rd. Hike it for about 2 miles to the left turn for Bridal Veil Falls Rd. You will pass a small air strip, a private residence, a maintenance building and a log house along the way. Just be sure to stay on Conservation Rd until the left turn.
Bridal Veil Falls is a long slide along a wide section of open bedrock. The small free fall at the top is maybe 10' high. You can't see the entire waterfall from any one vantage point because of the slope. Walking along the bedrock is discouraged, but you'll probably see lots of folks doing it. It's fairly safe if you can stay on the dry bedrock. The wet parts will be very slippery and it would be easy to slip and crack your skull. Or worse, if you or your kids slip into the main flow, you or them will be a goner. The following images were shot along parts of the slide.
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