Three Trails, Bridal Falls and Lake Julia Full Moon Hike - Approximately 6 miles 430 ft elevation gain
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No dogs on this hike please. Leave your furry friends comfortably at home.
Sunset is at 8:40 p.m. and moonrise is 8:38 p.m. We will leisurely walk about 6 miles at an elevation gain of 430 ft. on the wide level forest roads. I'm planning lots of time for enjoying the views so please be flexible and expect 3 hours in the park. This is not a fitness hike.
We'll walk at a leisurely 2.0 mph pace from the Visitor Center parking lot along Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge at High Falls, turn right on the Conservation Road. We will hike the Three Lakes Trail and back to the Conservation Road. This plan is at the discretion of the event host. We'll turn right on Bridal Veil Falls Road for an out and back mile to visit the falls. Back to the Conservation Road where we'll be walking in the dark. Turn left onto Lake Julia Road down to the lake. We will watch the sky from this perspective for a while - there's a picnic table to sit on, but you might want to bring a towel or camp chair. We'll stay for about 30 minutes. We'll walk back along the Conservation Road, across the Covered Bridge on Buck Forest Road to the parking lot in the dark.
Be prepared with good hiking boots, trekking poles if you wish but probably not necessary, dress for the weather and temperature, and you should have a headlamp or small flashlight handy. If the sky is clear and the moon is bright we won't need the lights as our eyes will adjust to low light, but it's a good idea to have a light with us. The Conservation Road and Buck Forest Road are wide and well maintained so walking in the dark will be safe. I would prefer that we not use the lights.
DIRECTIONS: Enter DuPont Forest on Dupont Rd. Dupont Rd. becomes Staton Road. Pass Hooker Falls Road on the right and turn left at the Visitors Center sign on Buck Forest Road. From Asheville approximately 40 minutes to trail head. From Hendersonville - 30 minutes. The pin on the google map is accurate so you should use it. Please give yourself plenty of driving time in case of traffic as we leave promptly. Cell service is spotty at best in the mountains so we won't be able to communicate.
This hike will be cancelled by noon the day of the hike if it's raining, windy, or dangerous road conditions.