High Falls Trail

At A Glance


0.73 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.73
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Hikes That Use This Trail: Dupont Waterfalls and Lakes Tour


This "trail" has a several different parts to it. Starting at the High Falls parking area, a new section of footpath parallels Buck Forest Road and leads to the south intersection with the Triple Falls trail near the covered bridge. It's nice because it keeps you from having to walk on the boring, open, sunny portion Buck Forest Road. (Bikers and horses still use that portion of the road). This path is hard-packed and smooth, and is open to hikers only (and is wheelchair accessible). This path has one neat, sturdy footbridge that kids will love.

At the Triple Falls trail intersection, High Falls Trail continues straight on an old gravel road. It passes the Covered Bridge trail on the right, and descends a short distance to a split. The left fork is mostly level, and goes to the picnic shelter and a great view of the falls. This is the easiest way to the falls overlook.

The right fork gets narrower and descends steeply, past the lower overlook of the falls. (A short path also connects the picnic shelter to this lower overlook). Below the lower overlook, the trail continues descending steeply to the river and joins the River Bend trail on the right. (That's the way to the base of the falls.) Then it curves left and becomes a rocky old roadbed. It follows a tranquil section of the Little River on a gentle grade downstream, before climbing just a bit up to its end at the north intersection with the Triple Falls trail.

Triple Falls is about 100 feet downhill from the last junction, and you can use that trail to make a nice, short loop hike which includes High and Triple Falls.

Intersecting Trails

  • Triple Falls
  • Buck Forest Road
  • River Bend
  • Covered Bridge
  • This trail is located in the Dupont State Forest area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Dupont State Forest trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Triple Falls Tr. to River Bend Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.32 mi

    High Falls Parking to Triple Falls Shortcut

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.21 mi

    Triple Falls Shortcut to Triple Falls Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Accessible
    • Length: 0.13 mi

    High Falls Tr. to Triple Falls Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 382 ft

    Picnic Shelter to Lower Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 364 ft

    River Bend Tr. to High Falls Overlook

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.21 mi

    High Falls Overlook to Picnic Shelter Road

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.1 mi

    Picnic Shelter Spur Rd. to Covered Bridge Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 282 ft

    Covered Bridge Tr. to Triple Falls Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 191 ft

    One End of the Picnic Shelter to The Other

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 102 ft

    High Falls Tr. to Picnic Shelter

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 456 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 1.3 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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