High Falls Trail

At A Glance


0.73 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.73
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles


This "trail" has a lot of parts to it. The portion open to bikes goes from the Triple Falls/Buck Forest Road intersection down to the picnic shelter above High Falls, and then on down to the Riverbend trail, then alongside the river to Triple Falls. Starting at Buck Forest road, this is a gravel road occasionally used by park and private vehicles to access the falls picnic shelter/overlook (by permit only). From the picnic shelter to the River Bend tr., this is a steep old road bed, and passes by a great view of the falls. Use caution in this high-traffic area. From River Bend to Triple Falls, the old road is moderately rocky and follows the river, with some wet spots. It climbs just a bit before the Triple Falls intersection.

An excellent warm-up ride, or even a first-time or kids ride, would be to go from the main High Falls parking area down Buck Forest road, and then down this trail to the picnic shelter.

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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