DuPont Waterfall Bonanza
ElevationAscent: 1,373' 419 m
Descent: -1,404' -428 m
High: 2,863' 873 m
Low: 2,238' 682 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
Popular runs nearby
DuPont State Forest Triple Falls Loop
3.1 mi 5.0 km • Point to Point • 388 ft Ascent 118.35 m Ascent
Falls Creek Falls
2.0 mi 3.2 km • Out and Back • 624 ft Ascent 190.19 m Ascent
Looking Glass 50 Miler
49.6 mi 79.8 km • Point to Point • 7,768 ft Ascent 2367.78 m Ascent
3.5 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 1,007 ft Ascent 306.94 m Ascent
Carrick Creek Trail
2.0 mi 3.3 km • Loop • 353 ft Ascent 107.55 m Ascent
Mills River Loop
3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 315 ft Ascent 96.13 m Ascent
“One of the best western North Carolina runs, hitting all of the waterfalls in DuPont State Park.”— Craig Marshall
Features Swimming · Views · Waterfall
Here are turn-by-turn directions, with highlights for the waterfalls.
From Hooker Falls parking area:
Go up to the highway Staton Road and go right. Run along side the road. At 1 mile, turn right on Sheep Mountain Trail #66 -- gravel road with a gate. In 1.4 miles, turn left on Pine Tree Trail #53. It will soon cross the highway. In 1.3 miles, turn left on Longside Trail #47. In 0.9 miles, turn left on Corn Mill Shoals Trail #19 (It will pass several junctions and cross a slippery river, shin-deep).
In 2.7 miles, turn left on Bridal Veil Falls Road #6 (NOT Bridal Veil Falls Overlook). Run up the slick rock to Upper Bridal Veil Falls and go underneath the falls for a massaging shower. This is where scenes from The Hunger Games and Last of the Mohicans were filmed. Return by staying on Bridal Veil Falls Road #6.
In 0.6 miles, turn left on Conservation Road #18, then after 0.4 miles, turn right on Three Lakes Trail #76 (Run past Lake Julia, Lake Alford, and at the dock at Lake Dense. Run off the end of the dock at full speed for a plunge!)
Rejoin the trail and turn right on Pitch Pine Trail #54. After 0.4 miles, again turn right on Joanna Road #40
Another 0.6 miles later, turn left on Chestnut Oak Road #17. After 0.5 miles, turn right on Buck Forest Road #8 (Remember this spot. You'll return.)
Turn left on Lake Imaging Road #41 after 0.2 miles. In 0.1 miles, turn left on Grassy Creek Falls Trail #27
A short 0.2 miles gets you to Grassy Creek Falls (not suggested for swimming).
Backtrack the way you came to stay on Buck Forest Road #8. In 0.8 miles, cross a covered bridge, and turn right on Covered Bridge Trail #20. After 0.2 miles, turn right on High Falls Trail #33. Pass by the overlook of High Falls.
In 0.8 miles, merge right with Triple Falls Trail #77 (Pass view of Triple Falls). Finally, after 0.5 miles, return to the parking lot to finish. There's an optional 1-mile out-and-back to Hooker Falls.
History & Background
Land Manager: North Carolina Forest Service - Dupont State Forest