Key Attractions from High Falls Access Area

For High Falls Access Area on Staton Road, see Directions.
All directions are one way.

High Falls

High Falls

High Falls slides 120 feet down an inclined plane of granite. The falls and the Covered Bridge can be viewed from the picnic shelter.

Access to the base of High Falls is from River Bend Trail.  Once at the base, do not attempt to cross the river or climb up the rocks.

  • Take Buck Forest Road 0.3 miles.
  • Turn left on the Triple Falls Trail and an immediate right 0.2 miles on the High Falls Trail to the viewing area and picnic shelter.
  • Total distance from High Falls Access Area to High Falls is 0.5 miles.
Triple Falls

Triple Falls

This 120-foot waterfall features three cascades with picnic shelter and stairs to the center of the falls.

From High Falls Access Area

  • Take Buck Forest Road 0.3 miles.
  • Turn left on the Triple Falls Trail 0.8 miles.
  • Total distance from High Falls Access Area to Triple Falls is 1.1 miles.

From High Falls

  • From the High Falls Shelter, take the path below the shelter 0.1 miles and turn left 0.5 miles on High Falls Trail.
  • Go right on Triple Falls Trail 0.1 miles.
  • Total distance from High falls to Triple Falls is 0.7 miles.
  • Or backtrack 0.1 miles and left on High Falls Trail for total of 0.8 miles.

Stay out of the water and don’t climb the rocks next to the falls!

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

From High Falls Access Area

  • Go 0.5 miles down Buck Forest Road.

From High Falls

  • Go up High Falls Trail 0.2 miles.
  • Turn left on Covered Bridge Trail 0.2 miles.
  • Total distance from High Falls to the Covered Bridge is 0.4 miles.
Grassy Creek Falls

Grassy Creek Falls

Grassy Creek is a cascade on the Grassy Creek downstream from Wintergreen Falls.

  • Take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 1.2 miles.
  • Turn left on the Lake Imaging Road 0.1 miles and a left on Grassy Creek Falls Trail 0.2 miles to the falls.
  • Total distance from High Falls Access Area to Grassy Creek falls is 1.5 miles.

Foot traffic only after the horse tie-out.

Upper Bridal Veil Falls Lower Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is perhaps the most interesting waterfall in the DuPont State Recreational Forest, with a four-foot overhanging ledge on the upper section and a long, shallow whitewater incline along the lower section. On can view the upper falls from the platform near the end of the trail.

  • Take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 0.6 miles, turn right on Conservation Road for 1.1 miles and right on Bridal Veil Falls Road for 0.6 miles.
  • Total distance from the High Falls Access Area to Bridal Veil Falls is 2.3 miles.
  • Or go to Fawn Lake Access Area for many ways to Bridal Veil Falls.

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

Lake Dense Lake Alford

Lake Dense & Lake Alford

Lake Dense and Lake Alford are off the beaten path. Five-acre Lake Dense has a picnic shelter and fishing dock and a very good view of Joanna Mountain.

Half-acre Lake Alford is across the dam. The trail bears right at Lake Alford to Conservation Road. There is a view of 100-acre Lake Julia and the spillway from this trail.

  • For Lake Dense, take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 0.6 miles, right on Conservation Road 0.4 miles, left on Joanna Road 0.1 miles and right on Three Lakes Trail (Former Lake Dense Trail) 0.1 miles for a total of 1.2 miles.
  • Lake Alford is 0.3 miles further down Three Lakes Trail and Lake Julia is 0.2 miles beyond that.
  • The Three Lakes Trail ends on Conservation Road 0.2 miles beyond Lake Julia.
  • A more scenic route is to turn left off Conservation Road after 0.1 miles and take Pitch Pine Trail 1.1 miles to Lake Dense.
  • Total distance from the High Falls Access Area to Lake Dense, Lake Alford and Lake Julia is 1.7 miles the direct route and 2.3 miles via Pitch Pine Trail.
Lake Julia from the
Ranger Station

Lake Julia

Lake Julia is 100 acres and the largest lake in the forest. What is known as the Lodge is the present Ranger Station that is located near the end of Lake Julia Road.

  • Take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 0.6 miles, turn right 0.8 miles on Conservation Road and left on trail just beyond the spillway bridge to the Lake Julia dam.
    One can walk across the dam but no horses or bikes.
  • Total distance from the High Falls Access Area to Lake Julia is 1.4 miles.
  • Alternate: Go 1.4 miles down Conservation Road and left 0.2 miles on Lake Julia Road to the Ranger Station for total of 2.2 miles from High Falls Access Area or 1.7 miles from the Fawn Lake Access Area.