Wintergreen Falls - DuPont State Forest
Wintergreen Falls

11-10-15  Wintergreen Falls is small 20' high waterfall tucked away from the crowds of the main waterfalls in DuPont. It's a fairly easy hike to this waterfall - just a little over 1.25 miles in length and is family friendly. It's become a little more popular in the past few years, but if you go early you should have the waterfall to yourself. The trail begins at the Guion Farm parking area off of Sky Valley Rd.

Directions:  From the intersection of US64 east of Brevard and Crab Creek Rd, drive 4.2 miles on Crab Creek Rd and turn right on to DuPont Rd. This is the same way to the parking for Hooker, Triple, and High Falls. Drive 0.7 miles up DuPont Rd and turn left on Sky Valley Rd. Drive 1.5 miles (the road changes from paved to gravel) and the large Guion Farm parking area will be on the right. Don't pull in where you see the house - the parking lot is right after that and is signed. This is also a parking area for horse trailers, so please pull to the left side of the lot so the trucks with trailers have room to turn around.

The Tarkiln Branch Trail begins in the field in the far corner on the left side of the parking lot. At the end of the field, the trail bears to the right and heads into the woods. It follows an old road, so it's plenty wide and well graded. At about 1/2 a mile into the hike, the trail splits, but there's no sign indicating which way to go. Actually, both ways will get you to the same point - the left trail is shorter but the right trail is the easier walk and stays on the road. Once you get to the point where these trails meet again, continue less than 1/4 mile to the signed intersection with the Wintergreen Trail. Turn left on to the Wintergreen Falls Trail. In about 10 minutes or so (another 1/3 mile), the Sandy Creek Trail bears to the right, but keep left on the Wintergreen Falls Trail. The waterfall is just ahead. There's not much space here to view the waterfall, so hope that not to many other people are around. The pictures here are with normal water flow, but the video below id from my most recent trip after a lot of rain.


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