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Western NC is jam-packed with every imaginable activity for a broad spectrum of interest.  The Cedar Mountain area is blessed to be the site of many of these locations.

 

 

DUPONT STATE FOREST

http://www.visitwaterfalls.com/the-great-outdoors/waterfalls/

Spanning over 10,000 acres of rolling hills and rocky crags between Brevard and Hendersonville, NC, Dupont State Forest houses some of Transylvania County’s most exciting climbing, biking and hiking opportunities.

The forest was established in 1996 following the generous sale of the land from the Dupont Corporation. The magnificent 2200 acre tract at the very heart of the forest, containing High FallsTriple Falls and eerily beautiful Bridal Veil Falls was added to Dupont in 2000. Easily accessible from downtown Brevard, Dupont State Forest offers myriad opportunities for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Other notable waterfalls in DuPont include Grassy Creek Falls, Wintergreen Falls and Hooker Falls.

DuPont has also served as a backdrop in several major motion pictures. Scenes from The Last of the Mohicans were shot at Hooker Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Triple Falls. Many pivotal action sequences in the smash film The Hunger Games were also shot in DuPont State Forest.

 DuPont State Forest is located 10 miles south of Brevard on US 276.  The DuPont State Forest office is located within the forest off Lake Julia Road.  (828) 877-6527

 Hooker Falls

GPS: 35.201944 N / 82.623889 W      Hooker Falls is at the site of a former grist mill, where Little River drops off 13 feet before flowing into Cascade Lake.  Park at the Hooker Falls parking lot. Walk around the gate in the parking lot and along the dirt road, bearing left at the fork and continuing parallel to the river. You’ll see Hooker Falls on the left.

Bridal Veil Falls

GPS: 35.176944 N / 82.620833 W       Bridal Veil Falls is accessible from the Hooker Falls parking lot, via High Falls or from Reasonover Rd at the Fawn Lake lot. From the High Falls shelter, continue up to the Covered Bridge trail and turn left, then left on Buck Forest Rd trail. Cross the bridge and turn right on Conservation Rd trail. Walk about 1.5 miles then turn right on Bridal Veil Falls trail, which ends near the base of the falls in about .5 miles. From Reasonover Rd, park in the Fawn Lake access lot. Walk the Conservation Rd trail to the airport runway. Continue on Conservation Rd trail parallel to the runway and as it bears right toward Lake Julia. Pass the horse barn on your left and take Bridal Veil Falls trail to the base of the falls. 4 mile round trip

 Triple Falls

GPS: 35.198889 N / 82.617500 W    From the Hooker Falls parking lot, cross over Staton Rd. Walk along the road towards bridge and cross it. Descend to the Little River. Take the trail running parallel to the river and hike upstream about 1000 feet on level ground. The trail bends to the right and ascends 1000 feet.  Triple Falls is on the left.

High Falls

GPS: 35.192778 N / 82.614444 W     From Triple Falls, High Falls is a 15-min. walk upstream. Stay on the trail until it ends at High Falls Trail. Turn left and walk 2000 feet along the river. Turn right at the next intersection and continue up a moderate slope (900 feet) to views of High Falls. There is a trail to the bottom of the falls on the left. Steps to the right take you to the High Falls shelter.

Grassy Creek Falls     From the Buck Forest parking on Sky Valley Rd, walk up the road to the covered bridge and stay on Buck Forest Rd for about .5 miles, passing the right turn for Conservation Rd. Cross Grassy Creek and turn left on Lake Imaging Trail (road). Continue for a short distance to the marked Grassy Creek Falls trail on the left and follow it to the top of the falls.

Connestee Falls

GPS: 35.163611 N / 82.731667 W      This falls is often referred to as a “double” falls. It has two sets of breathtaking cascades. Travel south 5.5 miles from Brevard on US 276. There is a parking lot on the right (Connestee Falls Park), walk to the back of the lot and follow a short path to the observation deck.

 

 


 

 

Triple Falls, Hiking info DuPont Forest, waterfalls and trail information DuPont

Hunger Games Waterfalls

Welcome to the Arena! As you walk the trail toward Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest imagine a world where the ‘Capitol’ controls your every move. Hike the steep hill and listen for the waterfall. It takes a little effort to get there but it is so worth it. At the overlook you can see the full waterfall. The movie, The Hunger Games, only shows a portion of the idyllic waterfall. Walk down the stairs to get the close up perspective of Katniss nearly stepping on Peeta. Stand on the rock at the base of the stairs and imagine that scene in the movie.

The trek to the scene where Katniss runs to escape the fireballs and jumps into the water to ease the pain of her burning leg is a much longer hike than Triple Falls. The soothing pool of water that gave Katniss only a second of relief before the Careers found her is at the base of Bridal Veil Falls. No matter which route you take to this fall, it will be at least four miles total. Bridal Veil is a very unique cascading waterfall with lots of fun boulders to climb.

Once you’re finished imagining Katniss’ world, remember you’re free and the beauty that surrounds you is there for you to enjoy. Thank goodness you won’t have to use a snare to catch a rabbit for your dinner! You can just head to town for some lamb stew.

As you experience the forest as Katniss did, please be warned that movie magic helped propel her across the river and for your safety you should NOT attempt to repeat her course. The number one cause of accidental death in the forests is falling from the tops of waterfalls.

Directions to Triple Falls:  To get to Triple Falls from Brevard leave downtown traveling south on 276 (Main Street). Stay on 276 for a little over 10 miles and turn left onto Cascade Lake Road. After another 2.5 miles turn right onto Staton Road (if you end up on a gravel road you missed the turn). Once on Staton Road you will travel a little over 2 miles – when you cross the bridge turn left into the parking area. Park in either the old lot or new one and take the newly, beautiful constructed foot traffic only bridge that runs below the road and takes you safely to the trail. You can’t miss it!

Directions to Bridal Veil Falls:  
Park at Buck Forest lot or High Falls access off of Staton Rd. This parking area is before the Hooker Falls parking area and will be to the right on Staton Road. Hike Buck Forest and cross over a covered bridge that is at the top of High Falls. Take a right on Conservation Rd and hike to a right turn on Bridal Veil Falls Rd. At the end of the road, the trail turns into a nice single track leading to the base of the falls. Hike to the falls is just about 2.2 miles – for a roundtrip of 4.4 miles.

 

 

 


 

 

Hike & Run DuPont State Forest

http://brevardnc.com/play/hike-run-dupont-state-forest/

 

Hiking DuPont State Park is a treat for hikers, runners, bikers, waterfall hunters, and horse riders. The trails are well maintained and easily accessible as well as breathtakingly beautiful. If you have time for just one trail in DuPont we suggest Triple, High, and Hooker Falls – three trails in one.

 

 

 


 

 

Mountain Bike DuPont State Forest

http://brevardnc.com/play/mountain-bike-dupont-state-forest/

 

Kids Loop – Easy

Micajah Trail – Easy

Cascade Road – Easy

Burnt Mountain Loop – Moderate

DuPont Trail 1, Moderate

DuPont Fawn Lake Trail, Moderate   

 

 


 

 

Caesar's Head

Caesars Head, along with Jones Gap State Park and other wildlife preserves in upper Greenville County, create the protected Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. With more than 50 miles of easy to strenuous hiking trails dotted by trailside camping, visitors to Caesars Head can avail themselves of majestic Blue Ridge Mountain panoramas in the verdant, secluded valleys of the area. Marvel at the beauty of Raven Cliff Falls, the excitement of mountain river fishing in the Middle Saluda, or just enjoy the sights and sounds of abundant wildlife during a picnic outing with family and friends.

  • Picnic tables, shelters
  • Store
  • Hiking trails
  • Primitive campground
  • Drinking water
  • Public restrooms
  • Dogs allowed
  • Hours of Operation:     
    • Standard time:   9:00a-6:00p                           
    • Daylight savings time:  9:00a-9:00p
  • Admission or Parking Fee:       
    • Children and Youth (ages 0 - 15), Free
    • Adults, $2.00
    • South Carolina senior citizens, $1.25
  • Camping Fee:      $4.00-$5.00 per campsite per night

Located in Greenville County, SC.

8155 Geer Highway
Cleveland, SC 29653

864-836-6115

E-Mail: CaesarsHead@scprt.com

 

 

 


 

Fred W. Symmes Chapel

"Pretty Place"

 

Pretty Place Chapel Sunrise - Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Pretty Place Chapel Sunrise - Blue Ridge Mountains
Photo By Dave Allen

 

Fred W. Symmes Chapel (also known as "Pretty Place" because of its amazing view) is one of the many buildings that make up YMCA Camp Greenville. It was given by Mr. Fred W. Symmes for the enjoyment of the boys and girls who camp here each summer and is the spiritual center of the camp.
Camp Greenville welcomes visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Chapel during daylight  - except when it is in use for a Camp event (Sunday and Monday morning worship services by campers or groups), or for another reserved event (weddings, dedications, memorial services, etc.). Typically the chapel is booked throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. We strongly recommend calling the camp office to check the schedule prior to visiting to avoid conflicts with weddings or other privately scheduled events at Pretty Place.There are NO restroom facilities available from November 1 thru March 24.
Call 864.836.3291x0 first to see if the chapel is closed for a private ceremony.
The chapel is closed from dusk to dawn.

REMEMBER: LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME.

Like all Y of Greenville properties, pets are NOT permitted at Camp or Symmes Chapel.

http://www.campgreenville.org/chapel.php

Fishing in Brevard and Transylvania County

 

Our corner of North Carolina is truly a fisherman’s paradise. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Brevard offers the experience of a lifetime. Trout love it here and you’ll love catching them here. Our winters are mild allowing the trout to spawn almost like salmon. Fish between 16 and 20 inches are commonplace in the Davidson River. Need help getting started both Headwaters Outfitters and Davidson River Outfitters offer guided fishing, as well as classes, learn from the best and catch your fish today. For details please check out there websites:
headwatersoutfitters
davidsonflyfishing

Trout Fishing

-NOVICE level – East Fork of the French Broad River, Little River and North Mills River
-INTERMEDIATE level – North Fork of the French Broad River, South Mills River (days hike into the gorge from Pink Beds)


-EXPERT level – Main Davidson River between Looking Glass Creek and Avery Creek

Winter Rainbow Trout Fishing Brevard French Broad RiverRainbow Trout, East Fork of French Broad

 Smallmouth Bass and Muskie

Fish for Smallmouth Bass and Muskie along the French Broad River in the Brevard area.

Smallmouth Bass, French Broad River, BrevardSmallmouth Bass, Davidson River in Fall

Wild Fish

Fish for wild fish all summer long in Looking Glass Creek and Courthouse Creek. Fall fishing on the Davidson River provides lots of fun catch and release opportunities.

Stocked Public Lakes

The following stocked lakes are all within 20 minutes of Brevard.
- Cascade Lake and Cedar Lake are near DuPont State Forest
- Pontown near the Arboretum
- Tannassee and Wolf Lakes (just outside the county)

 

 

 


 

HIT THE LINKS

Sherwood Forest Golf Club- Smack dab in the middle of the mountains of western North Carolina is this beautiful 18 hole 3 par golf course. This course is opened year round for golfers of all ages. Membership is not required but Available.
Hours of operation vary by season:
November – February 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
March – April 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
May – August 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
September – October 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Rates vary by weekday, Weekends, holidays and winter rates
Location:
29 Cardinal Road Brevard, NC 28712
Greenville Hwy., 9 miles S. of Brevard- Phone: 828.884.7825

sherwoodforestncgolf.

Connestee Falls Golf Club- is a semi-private, mountain golf course
within the Connestee Fall. Its beautiful greens combined with its challenging course, makes this a golfers dream. A member ship is not required but they are Available.

The golf course is opened year round unless the temperature is 40 degrees and below.

Daily fees vary by summer/winter rates, a 9 hole/18 hole game, as well as if you are a property owner, golf member and a non-property owner. They do provide a discounted rate for all police, fire EMT etc. Contact Connestee Falls Golf Club today.
Physical Address
98 Overlook Clubhouse Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Tee Times: 828-885-2005
Fax: 828-883-9400
connesteefallsgolf.

 

 


Rainy Day

When Mother Nature gets in the way of your outdoor adventures here are a few suggestions on how to spend your time.

Co-Ed Theater, Main Street, Downtown

For 75 years, this theater has been a staple of Brevard’s active downtown. The prices are great ($6.5 matinees, $7.50 evenings) and the popcorn is really fresh. Shows typically run daily at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

 

Brevard Rock Gym, Downtown

Brevard’s indoor rock climbing gym provides a fantastic option for rainy day activity. This is also a great place to find a guide for the real thing. They offer all types of guided climbs for all levels of climbers. Family Friendly. Hours 4pm to 9pm Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 8pm Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday.