Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is unique in that you can drive behind them. US Hwy. 64 used to pass behind the falls until it was rerouted in front of the falls for safety. Dripping water would freeze solid on the road in winter, and rockfalls were common. This was effectively illustrated in December 2003 when an enormous chunk of rock fell onto the road from above, blocking it.

However, the rock has since been removed, and you can still drive on the small loop of road behind the falls if the weather is not cold enough for ice to form. Even if you can’t drive behind the falls, there’s plenty of room to park and look.

Driving Directions

Bridal Veil Falls is close to the center of Dupont State Forest. You can get there from a couple of parking areas, but the quickest way is to park at the High Falls (formerly called Buck Forest) parking area.

From Asheville, take I-26 east to Exit 40, and take NC-280 toward Pisgah Forest. At the NC 280/US 276/US 64 junction, turn left (east) on US-64 and go 3.7 miles to the Texaco station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. Go 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Go just over 4 miles to the parking area on the left.

(Dupont Road will climb a hill and change names to Staton Road, then begin a long downhill, at the bottom of which is the bridge over the Little River and the Hooker Falls parking area. Keep going – the High Falls parking area is just past this on the left).

Trail Directions

Hike down Buck Forest Road and cross the covered bridge after about 0.6mi. Just beyond the bridge, go right on Conservation Road. It’s about 1 mile to Bridal Veil Falls Rd – you’ll first cross over the bridge for Reasonover Creek below the Lake Julia Dam. Go right on Bridal Veil Falls Road, past the horse barn. The road ends after 0.5mi in a small loop, and a well graded path goes a few hundred feet from the loop to the viewing area at the base of the falls.

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For more information visit: North Carolina Waterfalls