base of High Falls
5-25-18 - The viewing area for the middle section of Triple Falls has just been changed. In the past, folks have been allowed to venture out right up to the edge of the drop to the lower section of the falls and right up to the base of the middle section. A new barrier with 'Do Not Enter' signs is now in place that will hopefully save some people from their own stupidity and prevent some of the littering and graffiti that has increased over the past few years. Going around this barrier is a Class 3 Misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. You can read about this decision more on this page.
New bathrooms are being added to the Hooker Falls parking area! Currently, there are only portable toilets. Construction began on April 17 and as a result, the upper parking lot will be closed to the public until the project is completed. Traffic flow in the lower lot will also be altered to allow construction vehicles to access the upper lot where the bathrooms will be located. During this time, the Holly Road Trail and Moore Cemetery Trail will be closed to the public. Construction should be completed in mid-August. DuPont SF is a zoo in the summer months. If you plan to go, get there early or you may not get a parking spot. Do not park along Staton Rd where the 'Do Not Park' signs are located. In other areas along Staton Rd where people pull off to park, your vehicle's wheels must be completely off of the pavement!
DuPont State Recreational Forest is a beautiful 10,000+ acre tract of land between Brevard and Hendersonville. There are 6 listed waterfalls and miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Fishing and hunting are allowed also - hunting is by permit only and is restricted to areas outside the hunting safety zones which include the more popular areas. I'm only going to cover the waterfalls here. Please click here for the official DuPont website where you can find info about all the activities and more. People have died at these waterfalls, but mostly from doing things they weren't supposed to be doing. The area is kid friendly, but use common sense! Dogs must be on leashes - no exceptions! Many of these trails are used by horseback riders and they don't need free running dogs spooking their horses. This area has become very popular, so you can expect a lot of company if you go on a summer week end. Go early if you hope to get photos without people in them.
Hooker, High, Triple, and Bridal Veil Falls were all featured in the movie Last of the Mohicans. I've had several emails asking about the cave behind the waterfall - sorry, there is none. Part of that scene was shot behind the small overhang drop at the top of Bridal Veil Falls. You can get behind the falling water, but it's a small area and I'm assuming the cave scene was just a set in a warehouse in Asheville. Most recently, scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed here. In one scene, Katniss runs across Triple Falls. Do not do this! Wooden planks were laid across the falls and the actress wore wires in case she slipped. Scenes were also shot at Bridal Veil Falls and in the surrounding forest.
There are several parking areas around the forest and a variety of ways to get to them. The official site has most of the combinations listed. Click here to open that page in a separate window so you can refer to it as you look at the waterfalls listed below. Construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the Little River at the Hooker Falls parking area is now complete so you no longer have to cross the highway to access the trail to Triple and High Falls. There is also a very nice visitor center and rest rooms at the High Falls Access parking area. The visitor center has maps and friendly volunteers ready to give you directions and all the help you need to make your visit more enjoyable. Be on the lookout for a new National Geographic - DuPont State Forest trail map that is due to be released in a couple of weeks! You can order it here.
My wife recently finished her 3rd hiking guide - Hiking DuPont State Recreational Forest. If you have only been on the trails that go to the waterfalls and wondered where all of the other trails lead to, this guide book will fill in the blanks. Small lakes, great views, and pleasant hikes through the forest are waiting for you! You can order the book from Amazon at this link. Her other 2 hiking guides can be found on her Amazon page here.
Bridal Veil Falls
Grassy Creek Falls
Merry Falls - very close to DuPont State Forest, but on private property - roadside viewable
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