High Falls (DuPont State Park)

DuPont State Forest, North Carolina, USA

About High Falls (DuPont State Park)

Hiking Distance: 1 mile round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-10-18
Date last visited: 2012-10-18

Waterfall Latitude: 35.19306
Waterfall Longitude: -82.61855

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High Falls was the last of three waterfalls (though it have been four with Bridal Veil Falls 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).

DuPont_071_20121018 - The other car park alternative to Hooker Falls
DuPont_073_20121018 - On the Buck Forest Rd
DuPont_074_20121018 - At a point on the trail where we turned left to leave the gravel road
DuPont_076_20121018 - Trail got a little narrower than Buck Forest Rd
DuPont_079_20121018 - First look at the falls
DuPont_108_20121018 - A rather confusing sign pertaining to the direction of High Falls
DuPont_106_20121018 - End of the official River Bend Trail
DuPont_107_20121018 - Sorry view of the falls from the end of the official trail
DuPont_103_20121018 - View across the base of the falls


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.

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

Tagged with: dupont, state forest, transylvania county, brevard, north carolina, waterfall, little river, covered bridge, buck forest, river bend trail

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