Waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest

Waterfalls in DuPont State Recreational Forest

Hooker Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest

The waterfalls of DuPont State Recreational Forest were first put in the spotlight in the 1992 movie Last of the Mohicans, and again more recently during the filming of The Hunger Games in the summer of 2011. Once you see the beauty of Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the covered bridge at High Falls, you’ll understand why location scouts for the films loved them.

No matter how young, how old or how fit you are, you’ll find falls to enjoy in DuPont Forest. For example, a handicapped-accessible trail leads from a parking lot to Hooker Falls. Other falls offer adventurous hikers the challenge they are looking for. Take note that the forest’s largest falls are on the Little River.

Please exercise caution and obey all rules and warnings posted near waterfalls. The rocks around waterfalls are often slippery, and the currents can be very strong.

Hooker Falls
The trek along a handicapped-accessible trail takes about six minutes. When you arrive at Hooker Falls, you’ll see a broad cataract that tumbles about 11 feet over a stony ledge and into Cascade Lake. In warm weather, experienced kayakers give this waterfall a good workout.

Triple Falls
Located upstream, about a seven-minute walk from Hooker Falls, Triple Falls drops 120 feet in three separate cascades. You’ll see great views of the falls from the well-traveled trail. Hearty hikers can get closer views via steeper, and sometimes slippery, trails. Water levels dictate how much safe access you have to the falls.

High Falls
Head another half mile up the trail from Triple Falls, and you’ll reach High Falls. You can enjoy great views of High Falls from the trail. But if you decide to approach down the close side trail to feel the cool mist on a hot summer day, be careful. The rocky base is slippery.

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls, the first and hardest to access fall on the Little River, had a starring role in Last of the Mohicans. Water drops off an overhanging ledge, sheets down a granite incline and spills into a pool. Note that a parking area at Fawn Lake makes the falls a little easier to reach, but you’ll still need to be ready for a two-mile walk.

Grassy Creek Falls
If you’re like many DuPont State Forest visitors, you’ve been to Wintergreen Falls on Grassy Creek. But you might not know that you can also hike to another scenic waterslide named Grassy Creek Falls. Expect a moderate hike with some rocky areas to navigate. Since this is a lesser-known waterfall, you may just have the view to yourself.

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