Today I returned to Dupont Forest to hike the Three Rivers Trail and visit Bridal Veil Falls. I’m going to take you hiking with me.
First through the covered bridge. I’m not sure if this is its original location or if it was moved here. But it’s always fun seeing and walking through a covered bridge. I did a lot of that last summer in Vermont but not so much here in North Carolina.
The Three Lakes Trail was a more interesting route to Bridal Veil Falls than just walking the Conservation forest road to the Falls Trailhead.
Seeing this construction at the base of a tree along the trail made me smile and wonder who built it and why. Whimsy??
Home for a gnome?
These look like Turkey Tail mushrooms which are said to have immune boosting medicinal properties.
The trail was wonderful wandering through the woods with many actual flat stretches.
And cute tiny fungi. There were lots of other fungi on the trail and I took lots of pictures of them but I’ll spare you.
In parts the trail was slightly hilly, rooty and rocky but seemed like a piece of cake after some of the other places I have hiked.
I arrive at what is known as Dense Lake. There really isn’t an accessible shore line so my views were from windows through the trees.
The trail walked along one side of the lake with more and less open windows.
Along the trail between Lake Dense and Lake Alford were signs asking that hikers not venture into the area behind these signs as it was being used for research on the biological control of the hemlock wooly adelgid an invasive insect that is killing Eastern Hemlock trees in the Appalachian Mountains. A very sad story.
The trail walked me around nearly 3 sides of the 1/2 acre Lake Alford. You can barely see the covered picnic area on the distant right.
I did have to be careful on the trail as it is also a bike trail and they come flying. This is the covered picnic area on the lake shore.
Looks bigger than 1/2 acre to me.
Near the end of the trail there is a seriously difficult look through the trees beyond the sign indicating Lake Julia which is a 99 acre lake and the largest in the forest. This was the one I was really hoping to see and consider kayaking possibilities. But not from this trail.
One last interesting fungi before connecting back with the Conservation Road toward Bridal Veil Falls.
I stopped when crossing this bridge on the road and was surprised to see a waterfall up stream. It was easy to walk down to the spot from which I took this picture. Dupont State Forest allows horses and the 2 small lakes and this spot are nice watering places for them.
I hadn’t heard anything about this light falls or its name. It was a total surprise.
Turns out you have to leave the larger Conservation Road and turn onto a smaller road before you get to the falls trail.
Queen Anne’s Lace and Black Eyed Susan were in the fields by the road. Very different hiking from Three Lakes Trail.
Both have long blooming seasons. Queen Anne from May through October and Susan from June to September
Finally the trail to Bridal Veil appeared. it wasn’t long and brought me to these views. I initially found a spot for a snack at the foot of the falls.
After taking pictures of the cascades I swapped photos with a couple. I took them, they took me. I then started walking up the dry side of the enormous rock face.
Here’s a short video taken from the foot of the falls with wonderful sounds and all the things seen in the pictures above. Except me of course.
I’m on my way to the fuller upper falls that feeds the Bridal Veil below.
Seeing the person at the top of the falls I began looking for the way up there obviously somehow through the trees.
Here’s a 26 second video from this base of the upper falls.
Once at the top, this was the view.
I’ve included 3 short videos from the top of the falls which better capture it than any of the pictures I took.
The first is a 21 second video which shows the river at the top of the falls flowing down and over.
The second a 17 second video more closely shows the water going over from the top.
And finally, the third is a 22 second video from a different angle at the top of the falls.
Let me know what you think of them or if you think 3, even short videos, is really too many. I appreciate your opinion and advice.
This had been a great hiking day. Before I left, one last picture from the path through the trees of the side of the upper falls from which it clearly does not get its name Bridal Veil. I’ll bet lots of people wish it weren’t a dangerous swimming spot.
I walked back the road to the parking area and visitor’s center. It was not interesting enough to record.
Next up. . . into the Pisgah National Forest.