High Falls

DuPont State Forest / Transylvania County, North Carolina, USA

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 2
High Falls

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INTRODUCTION

High Falls was the last of three waterfalls (though it have been four given a little more time) on the Little River we visited in DuPont State Forest.

This one was probably the most impressive of the three we saw though they were all very different from each other. It was also said to be 125ft coming down in one large trapezoidal cascade. I believe the bridge that's partially seen in the photo above was the Covered Bridge.

We hiked about 0.5 miles (one mile round trip) to this waterfall from the High Falls Access car park, where we followed a very wide gravel road (Buck Forest Rd; no public vehicle traffic allowed) then went downhill towards trailside views of the falls. It turned out that the Buck Forest Rd continued on towards Bridal Veil Falls another 2.2 miles away, I believe.

In an effort to check out the falls from closer to its base, I continued to descend downhill along the main trail past the views of the falls. A few minutes later, I was able to junction with the River Bend Trail, which was the trail I took to get closer to the base of the falls. However, the official trail ended well before I was able to get decent views so I did have to scramble a bit on some minor sloping and slippery slabs of rock.

I wasn't sure if the trail I took was the best way to get closer to the base of High Falls, because the sign at the start of the River Bend Trail spur was misleading in that the arrow for the falls was pointing away from the direction of the falls itself (i.e. further downstream).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

A differently composed shot of the fallsA differently composed shot of High Falls
The town of Brevard was a convenient base for exploring DuPont State Forest. This photo was taken at a rustic yet charming accommodation on the outskirts of townThe town of Brevard was a convenient base for exploring DuPont State Forest. This photo was taken at a rustic yet charming accommodation on the outskirts of town
Further to the south of the turnoff for DuPont State Forest going across the border into South Carolina was the lookout of Caaesar's Head where you can get this view of the UpcountryFurther to the south of the turnoff for DuPont State Forest going across the border into South Carolina was the lookout of Caaesar's Head where you can get this view of the Upcountry
The other car park alternative to Hooker FallsThe other car park alternative to Hooker Falls

On the Buck Forest RdOn the Buck Forest Rd

At a point on the trail where we turned left to leave the gravel roadAt a point on the trail where we turned left to leave the gravel road

Trail got a little narrower than Buck Forest RdTrail got a little narrower than Buck Forest Rd

First look at the fallsFirst look at the falls

A rather confusing sign pertaining to the direction of High FallsA rather confusing sign pertaining to the direction of High Falls

End of the official River Bend TrailEnd of the official River Bend Trail

Sorry view of the falls from the end of the official trailSorry view of the falls from the end of the official trail

View across the base of the fallsView across the base of the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Starting off with zoomed in fixation on the falls before zooming out to show its full context


Right to left sweep starting with view of falls near its base then ending downstream


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of Broad St (Hwy 64) and Main St (Hwy 276) in the town of Brevard, turn right and follow the Hwy 276 (Greenville Hwy) southeast for about 11 miles towards the DuPont State Forest turnoff on the left (on Cascade Lakes Rd). Turning left onto Cascade Lakes Rd, follow this road for about 2.5 miles towards Station Rd. Turn right onto Station Rd and follow this road for about 1.3 miles where a signposted turnoff on the right leads to the High Falls Access car park (on Buck Forest Rd).

Driving from Brevard to DuPont State Forest and this car park took us about 30 minutes.

For some additional context, Brevard was 35 miles (under an hour drive) south of Asheville, 47 miles (90 minutes drive) northwest of Greenville, South Carolina, and 126 miles (2.5 hours drive) west of Charlotte.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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