About High Falls
High Falls was the last of three waterfalls that we managed to visit in DuPont State Forest (though it have been four with Bridal Veil Falls given a little more time).
This one was probably the most impressive of the three that we saw though they were all very different from each other.
High Falls was also said to be 125ft in height coming down in one large trapezoidal cascade.
I believe the wooden bridge that’s partially seen in the photo above was the so-called Covered Bridge that the signs alluded to during our hike to get here.
Speaking of the hike, we went about 0.5 miles (one-mile round trip) to this waterfall from the High Falls Access parking lot.
We initially followed a very wide gravel road (Buck Forest Rd; no public vehicle traffic allowed) before we went downhill towards trailside views of the High 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 High Falls from closer to its base, I also continued to go 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 of the High Falls so I had 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.
I mistook an arrow as a directional sign pointing the way for the High Falls when in fact, it was pointing away from the direction of the falls itself (i.e. further downstream).
You live and learn, I guess.
High Falls resides in the DuPont State Forest near Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is administered by the North Carolina Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
We visited High Falls from the town of Brevard so that’s how we’ll describe the driving directions.
From the intersection of Broad St (Hwy 64) and Main St (Hwy 276) in town, 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 trailhead parking area 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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