Summary: This is a relatively easy walk. Most of the trip up to the Bridal Falls is on a nicely wooded trail along the river. The trailhead is across the road from the parking lot. Start the trip by taking the Corn Mill Shoals Trail SE. Then take the clearly marked Bridal Veil Trail to the NE. After hiking along the Little River you will come to cleared out area of power lines. Cross the power line clearing and proceed down the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls. Extreme caution should be used, since the rocks are often slippery on the way to view the falls. This is the waterfall filmed in "The Last of the Mohicans". You can cross the waterfall by going underneath it. The sound of rushing water overhead is incredible. Down river is a nice area to rock slide and to the left is the lower part of the falls. The lower falls are steep and dangerous. Exit the falls area a bit further downstream and proceed back to the parking area via the Corn Mills Shoal Trail
Trailhead: From Spartanburg, SC take I-26 West. From downtown Hendersonville, pick up Kanuga Road and head west until you intersect DuPont Road. Turn left and stay on DuPont Road: it turns into Staton Road. Take Staton Road until it intersects with Cascade Lake Road. Turn left and the parking lot is down the highway about a 1/4 of a mile. The trailhead is across the road and well marked. (Lat:35.1 Lon:-82.38)
Trail Guides for Bridal Veil Falls Trail:
North Carolina Hiking Trails
by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Forest Resources. 1-828-251-6509
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tom Duchac, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Patrick on 6/16/2014
Great hike with a wide trail. Completed this hike with my 3 year old daughter. She hiked all the way in but Dad carried her most of the way out as 2.5 miles was quite a feat for a toddler. Be alert for mountain bikes as this is a heavily ridden trail at times. Also, be cautious at the water crossing. Rocks are very slippery.
Reviewed by TMD on 5/23/2010
Sara (10/18/2008) may have taken Corn Mill Shoals Trail to Little River Trail to the power lines. I took that route today and encountered the No Trespassing signs. The route described here (CMS Trl to Bridal Veil Trail) would have crossed the power line clearing south of the Falls rather than WNW of the Falls.
Reviewed by Harvey E on 3/29/2009
Absolutely one of the best hikes we have been on. We hikes the access roads for the most part ending up at the bottom of the falls. During the drout in the fall of 07 we were able to walk up the left hand side of the falls with ease. Take caution during regualr times, it would be dangerous to do this in normal times. He is a shot we took with a wide angle lens within 20 feet of the falls. We could have walked under but the temp was around 50 degrees and did not want to get wet. http://a-1000-words-photography.smugmug.com/photos/221234618_ZoL3U-L.jpg
Reviewed by sara on 10/18/2008
I love this hike and I have been on it SEVERAL times...this time was interesting though and if ANYONE has any information on it please post. I went today with a friend to show her the waterfall there and when we got to the clearing where the powerlines are it has 'no trespassing, private property' posted everywhere! They cut down the sign they had up to show where to go for the falls and there is a 'gate' set up on the trail where the lookout is. Not sure what's going on with that! Again if you have any information please let me know because I love this hike and I would hate for it to be limited or even not available for everyone to enjoy!
Reviewed by KPB on 5/17/2008
Good hike. Falls are worth going to see. The trail is difficult to follow at times, especially at river/falls area. Looked at the gps a few times to figure out trail. Would be easy to find second time around. If you do loop, then you will get wet crossing one portion of river. No big deal, but take shoes off. :) All in all a great day hike worth doing. Lunch at the falls area seems very pleasant.
Reviewed by UpstateHiker on 3/26/2007
There are some other trails other than Coal Mill Shoals along that system that are nice...they don't have a nice water fall but the scenery is pleasant.
Reviewed by cad on 5/26/2005
ti was hard
Reviewed by Trespassers W on 5/17/2004
This is a beautiful area to hike and the falls are breathtaking. Tom's directions could use a little clarification/updating. Starting from the same parking lot, hop on the Coal Mill Shoals Trail across the street. On your way downhill, you will pass a couple of forks. You will arrive at one with two signs stacked. Right will take you down the Coal Mill Shoals Trail to the river where there is a nice place to sit on the rocks and view a nice spot of the river. I recommend taking a sit there. From that point, either lose the shoes and walk across the slippery rocks to get to where the CMS Trail picks up on the other side of the river. You can take this trail all the way to the Bridal Veil Falls Rd which will bring you to the Lower Falls.
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