Corn Mill Shoals Access Area Attractions

High Falls Access Area Attractions

Bridal Veil Falls at DuPont State Forest

Key Attractions from Fawn Lake Access Area

For Fawn Lake Access Area on Reasonover Road, see Directions.

All directions are one way.

Bridal Veil is first falls of the Little River followed by High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls. It is probably the most interesting. First, it drops off an overhanging ledge (Upper Falls), then the water sheets down a long, shallow, inclined plane of granite (Lower Falls) before tumbling into the pool below. One can view the upper falls from the viewing platform near the end of Bridal Veil Falls Road.


WARNING—Swimming at Bridal Veil Falls is not recommended because of large rocks and swift currents. Rocks are extremely slippery when wet


Directions to Bridal Veil Falls

Fawn Lake And Airstrip Trail

LEFT on Fawn Lake Road.

LEFT on Conservation Road.

LEFT on Airstrip Trail.

LEFT on Shelter Rock Trail.

RIGHT on Corn Mill Shoals Trail to the viewing platform for upper falls.

LEFT on Bridal Veil Falls Road (single track trail) to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls.

Total distance from Fawn Lake Access Area to Bridal Veil Falls is 2.9 miles.

Via Fawn Lake and Laurel Ridge Trail

LEFT on the Fawn Lake Road.

LEFT before the power line on Mine Mountain Trail.

RIGHT on Laurel Ridge Trail.

RIGHT on Corn Mill Shoals Trail.

LEFT on Bridal Veil Falls Road (single track trail) to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls.

Total distance from Fawn Lake Access Area to Bridal Veil Falls is 3.1 miles.

Via Mine Mountain & Laurel Ridge Trails

LEFT on Fawn Lake Road.

LEFT on Mine Mountain Trail.

LEFT on Laurel Ridge Trail.

RIGHT on Corn Mill Shoals Trail.

LEFT on Bridal Veil Falls Road (single track trail) to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls for 0.1 miles.

Total distance from Fawn Lake Access Area to Bridal Veil Falls is 3.6 miles.


New Trail to the Base of High Falls Opens

Last week, Riverbend Trail was closed permanently and a new spur trail was opened to allow access to the base of High Falls. The old trail was often flooded and caused sedimentation problems due to the proximity to the river. 

The new High Falls Loop is approximately 2 miles (from the High Falls parking lot and back). New directional signs have also been placed along the trail to help guide visitors. The spur trail will more effectively shed water than the old Riverbend Trail and allow quicker access to the base of High Falls for visitors and emergency responders. The trail is open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. 

A new Forest Trail Map can be found here –


DuPont Forest Festival Schedule of Events

The DuPont Forest Festival Committee is pleased to announce the schedule of events for the first ever DuPont
Forest Festival, September 22, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to lead an activity. We have an impressive line up of events including:

  • Kayak Tour
  • Bumble Bee Hike
  • Muddy Sneakers Nature Hike
  • N.C. Forest Service Demonstration
  • Fly Fishing
  • History Tour
  • And so many more!

Check out the full lineup. Exact locations, dates, and descriptions will be announced in May. Stay tuned!



Big thanks to our Forest Festival Sponsors! Learn more about becoming a sponsor here.


Hooker Falls Access Area is Getting a Bathroom!

Who knew that a new bathroom could be so exciting? But we are excited! Construction on the brand new Hooker Falls Access Area bathroom started on Monday, April 16th and is expected to be completed by mid-August. (see press release from NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services here).

Back in 2016 Friends of DuPont Forest pledged $50,000 for the sorely needed bathrooms and we are thrilled to have honored that pledge this week.

During the construction, the upper lot at Hooker Falls will be closed. As we move into the busy season, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Do not park on the pavement or near “No Parking” signs.
  • Large vehicles will not be allowed to park in the Hooker Falls Access Area.
  • Avoid peak times to visit DuPont and note that other access areas are also likely to have limited parking spaces.
  • Do not park over the white lines of public highways.
  • Tell your friends and visitors.

Keep up with the status of the Hooker Falls project visit


Thank you Trail Crew!

We had a record number of volunteers come out on March 10th for our Trail Crew Work Day. Twenty-seven volunteers cleared more than 20 drains including some that required major rebuilds. Thank you to all who came out including several folks from Pisgah Area SORBA. We appreciate all the hard work you do to keep our trails pristine.

To volunteer with the DuPont Trail Crew, join Friends of DuPont and sign up.





Friends of DuPont Announce the DuPont Forest Festival

On National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 22, 2018 Friends of DuPont Forest will launch the first ever DuPont Forest Festival, an event celebrating the adventure, wildness, and beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.

“We envision a schedule of events that weave in guided tours – hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, educational lectures, and hands-on demonstrations. I think of it as an outdoor conference that shows off DuPont Forest and teaches our communities about the importance of our public lands and their role in protecting them,” says Sara Landry, executive director of Friends of DuPont Forest.

Friends of DuPont Forest is now accepting proposals for Forest Festival activities. The organization invites members of the community to share their outdoor knowledge and lead a demonstration, tour, or lecture. To put your name in the hat, submit your Forest Festival Activity proposal. The deadline to submit your proposal is March 16th, 2018.

Possible activities include:
Science Experiments
Wildlife Hike
Tree Identification Hike
Forestry Demonstration
Fly Fishing Demonstration
Horseback Riding Tour / Demonstration
Map / Compass Demonstration
Outdoor Gear Demonstration
Optimizing Avenza Map App
Mountain Bike Demonstration
Mountain Bike Tour
Demo Day at Lake Julia
Yoga at Big Rock
History Tour
Movie Tour

For questions about the proposal process and / or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Landry at 828.713.2368 or


Henderson County Wildlife Series

Alan Cameron, volunteer with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and current Board Member of Friends of DuPont Forest, presents a six week wildlife series.


A Bounty for Wildlife

While November marks the time we prepare our tables for season of Thanksgiving, the NC Wildlife Resource Commission has prepared food plots for wildlife in Western North Carolina.

Friends of DuPont Forest is pleased to present A Bounty for Wildlife, a presentation on the benefits of wildlife food plots. David Stewart, Land Management Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss wildlife food plots and other habitat management activities in DuPont State Forest and elsewhere in the NC Mountain region.

Please join us on November 14th to learn more about how these important food plots help protect wildlife such as bears, turkeys, deer, rabbits, doves, grouse, and various songbirds.

November 14th @ 1:00PM
Cedar Mountain Community Center
This event is free and open to the public and made possible by the Friends of DuPont Forest. To join Friends of DuPont Forest or to make a donation, please visit or call 828.713.2368.