Bridal Veil Falls is the last of the falls on the Dupont State Forest hike. For directions and information on the trail and its 6 waterfalls, see the Dupont State Forest link below.
From the covered bridge at the top of High Falls, you can see Conservation Road about 100 yards to the west. Turn right on Conversation Road and walk about a mile to Bridal Veil Road where you will turn right. You’ll pass a horse barn on the way to the end of the road about a half mile in. From there, you’ll be able to see Bridal Veil Falls through the trees.
Described as a 120 foot waterslide, it is much more than that. From the photo with this article, you see only a portion of the waterfall. Using satellite images to measure just how big Bridal Veil is, the Little River is about 40 feet across when it starts down. At the bottom it grows to 200 feet across. In between is an incredible 800 foot run down the rock.
About 100 feet below the top rim is a small plunge of about 5 feet that covers almost the entire width of the rock. In the movie, Last of the Mohicans, the actors are shown going behind the plunge and into a room. You can get behind the waterfall (and everybody should experience this) but as you can see in the photo with this article, it is only about 4 feet high back there, so Hollywood did a little magic and created a room on a soundstage.
Just below the plunge, you can get a wonderous view of the waterslide as it swoops down and out to the bottom where the water gathers in the big rocks and is directed laterally to a sluice that takes the water off the fall to reconstitute the river on the right. Here at the bottom are large flat rocks that are great for having a snack or a nap. These flat rocks get you right down to the water so you can look back up the rocks and see the water’s acrobatic tumbling and it comes down toward the sluice.
There is an informal trail to the left side of the falls that will take you to the top, but, based on water flow, it is easier to walk along the left side of the rock face itself. Just be sure to stay on the dry rock. Along the way, you’ll see pock marks in the face filled with water along with tadpoles, frogs and salamanders.
Many folks consider Triple or High Falls to be the wonders of Dupont State Forest, but plan on spending some time on Bridal Veil Falls, don’t be in a hurry, and you’ll develop a connection with this huge, quirky waterslide.