Explore the most popular birding trails in Dupont State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

good for kids would be great in summer

I did this trail in December and mostly had it to myself on a rare sunny day in the middle of the week. The falls are huge and breathtaking. The trail is well maintained with some small inclines. There was a little ice on the inclines when I went which made it a little slippery in spots but not bad. The stairs down to the falls are worth the effort. A good short little hike and workout.

I took this little trail in December. I had it all to myself. It’s a nice little waterfall and peaceful place to be outside. Good for families with children.

I had this little gem all to myself one sunny January day in the middle of the week. Jill F below gives a perfect explanation on how to find the trail. It’s not very clear from the parking lot or even the trailhead map. Her directions are right on. I do consider this an easy hike. I’m not sure why people think the end was harder. I will post pics of the trail and which way to go for people curious. The falls were beautiful and peaceful, especially having them all to myself.

Beautiful trail with amazing sites

Great trails, very crowded on a weekend when the weather is nice. Hiked the High Falls Loop today starting at the main parking lot going to High Falls then Triple Falls & back on the High Falls Loop to the parking lot.

This was a lovely easy trail with lots to see - waterfall, covered bridge, lake.

Last of the Mohicans 1992 film was shot on this location.

Wide, well maintained trail along the water. Falls are beautiful. Add the Hooker Falls trail for another beautiful falls view and a nice place to sit and enjoy a trail snack. Great trail for newbie hikers and for family treks.

Easy hike but falls area could be dangerous for those who are not sure footed or have hiking shoes that do not grip rocks very well.

Hiked this trail on Christmas day. Easy hike but the falls access could be dangerous for those who are not sure footed, especially those with hiking boots that are not good for gripping rocks.

hiking
26 days ago

This is an easy, fairly level walk on a wide, well-maintained trail. At the end, at the base of Hooker Falls, is a wide pool in the river where you can take a cool swim. Lots of people climb on the falls, and some people fall, hit their heads and drown. Don't be one of those people.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a very heavily trafficked trail, especially on the weekends. But it's also a very wide and well-maintained trail. It winds along the river and climbs to Triple Falls, which is nice, and up to High Falls, which is more impressive. Like most of the trails in Dupont, it's fairly wide and clear. Some steep climbs, especially for this fat, old man, but something almost anyone should be able to handle.

hiking
26 days ago

We recorded this at 6.1 miles. The trail is heavily trafficked and varies from a wide, gravel road to a fairly narrow trail. The waterfall is pretty impressive and the trail itself goes through some attractive forests and hillsides. Well worth the time.

Not a bad hike although it was covered in hard packed snow and ice so was definitely a lot more difficult. The waterfall is very nice. Trail is closed off just downstream of the falls.

After this trail, we hiked on to Hooker Falls and Grassy Creek Falls. True total mileage of hike was 6.3 miles. Trail ratings are probably correct but as most of hike was over hard packed snow and ice, difficulty is obviously higher with those conditions. The snow cover truly added to the beauty of the area.

High Falls Loop Trail is a very beautiful hike but the incline makes it very difficult to do in the snow. Our 10 year old was super excited to see High Falls thought, because they are big, beautiful, and powerful.

The hike is steep in some parts but not for long periods of time. There are many well marked optional routes, like a hike to the covered bridge, a hike to the base and a hike to Triple Falls. The signage even tells you have far for each detour.

Nice hike. More private than other waterfalls in dupont. Good swimming spot as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Great swim spot. Love going behind the falls and sliding out on the rock.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the first amazing spots I went the first time I visited North Carolina. Now I live within hiking distance of all the falls in Dupont State Forest. Awesome trails for all ages and amazing waterfalls. The only downside is it does get very busy during the summer.

Our family hiked this with kids 6,8, and 12. They did great! Beautiful waterfalls!

We did Triple Falls, High Falls and Hooker Falls in that order. 3.5 miles.

We hiked to these gorgeous falls for the 1st time today and we fell in love!

We started out at the visitor’s center where Marijane, a very helpful volunteer, gave us a map & went over the hike details. I was glad to be offered a map since at least one review mentioned a poorly marked trail. It turns out that we didn’t need the map at all. The trail is clearly marked with signs at every intersection. I will add here that we have been hiking as a family for over 20 years, so we are well seasoned.

We took the right at the Y, then went to the covered bridge before doubling back to the loop and continuing to High Falls. It was a magnificent sight! The trail continued to Triple Falls where a nice set of wooden steps (approx 100 in all) lead us right onto a rocky shelf at waters’ edge. The staircase had many decks with benches if you need to rest. We followed the loop on around & ventured down to Hooker Falls. The path was very steep but only for a short distance. We retraced the path & joined the loop, walking on the forest side of the trail & ended back at the visitor’s center.

There are bathrooms at the center in addition to several port-a-potties along the trail. There are also many picnic benches spread throughout the loop. This was a great morning hike & if you take your time, even young kids could walk the gravel trail the whole way!

Nice hike. Definitely not a “hard” rating in my opinion. Fairly easy with a nice view of the lake. Bridge out at one point in the river so had to use the “horse ford” and water was fairly high due to rain. Other than the freezing cold walk through the water it was quick and enjoyable.

Great trail for about 7-70 years of age - if in good shape. a few steep hills. but always wide trails.

Great trail for beginners! just get there early as this trail gets crowded.

Great trail, and pretty easy with just a few steep parts. The steepest areas are in the beginning so if you’d like an easier walk you could park at the visitor’s center instead of hooker lot. You could still walk down to see triple falls without having to walk the steepest part. There are a lot of stairs to get to the bottom viewing area of triple falls but you can still see them without going down the stairs, it’s just not quite as nice of a view.

When we were there we got to see kayakers take part of the triple falls, it was so cool!

Only reason it lost a star is the trail is not very well marked. Forks (and even 3 direction splits) weren’t always marked, the signs that were there often didn’t include distances, and there were very few signs along the trails. It is a short trail but it’s always safer to be well marked, especially for inexperienced hikers or anyone who might find themselves there when it starts to get dark.

walking
2 months ago

Great trail, and fairly easy with just a few steep parts. There are a lot of stairs but you can still see the waterfalls without going down the stairs, it’s just not quite as nice of a view.

When we were there we got to see kayakers take part of the triple falls, it was so cool!

Only reason it lost a star is the trail is not very well marked. Forks (and even 3 direction splits) weren’t always marked, the signs that were there often didn’t include distances, and there were very few signs along the trails. It is a short trail but it’s always safer when it’s well marked!

If anyone has an issue with the steep part of these falls I suggest parking up at the Visitors center lot first in stead of Hooker lot. (Reason being the steepest part is from Hooker up to Triple) . From the visitor center lot walk out the trail to the Y that begins the loop trail, turn right you will see a sign to left going to the Covered bridge first. Walk the gravel road to the Covered bridge. Water starts downward on High Falls from the Bridge. Hike the path to left (looking down from the bridge) going down to Triple to look back at High Falls view where you came from (beautiful view looking back up of High and the Bridge) . continue hike down to Triple then back up around on the part of the loop back to Vistor center lot. Last drive down to Hooker lot and only a short walk to see Hooker. This will help if you need to avoid a steep climb from Hooker to Triple. Enjoy a day here, It amazingly beautiful.

Beautiful falls, well maintained trail. However, it was super crowded on a Saturday afternoon.

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