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Lake Julia and Bridal Veil Falls Tour - Dupont State Forest

This cool loop features a bit of everything-two creek crossings, a panoramic lake view, and a waterfall!
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Let scouts from Brevard Scout Troop 703 guide you on this fun bike tour that has something for everyone: peaceful, panoramic lake... more »

Tips:  Avoid taking this tour when there have been heavy rains, as the creek crossings are complicated by high water. Bring plenty of water ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Troop 703 Scouts

These Scouts helped create this guide and the one in the center, Dan Taylor, serves as a virtual tour guide.

2. Fawn Lake Access Area (with audio)

You will begin your trip in the Fawn Lake parking lot.

3. Reasonover CreekTr./Fawn Lake Rd. junction (with audio)

From the parking lot, take a right onto Reasonover Creek Trail.

4. Reasonover Ck. Trail w/portable toilet

There is a portable toilet at the parking lot near the trailhead.

5. Trail Courtesy

Be sure to exercise proper ettiquette when on the trail. Bikers and Hikers yield to horses, and bikers yield to hikers. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

6. Reasonover Ck. Trail/Conservation Rd. intersection (with audio)

Upon reaching this intersection, continue straight onto Reasonover Ck. Trail. The trail does get more technical from here though. Be careful!

7. First Creek Crossing (with audio)

If you are an experienced biker, you will probably be able to ride this section of trail. However, it is always safe to walk!

8. Major Crossing (with audio)

You definitely will not be able to ride this part of the trail! Take your time crossing the creek.

9. Reasonover Ck. Trail/Turkey Knob Road intersection (with audio)

Continue left up Reasonover Ck. Trail at this intersection.

10. Bottom of Hill Near Reasonover Creek (with audio)

Stop here to enjoy a nice view of Reasonover Creek on your way to Lake Julia.

11. Shelter (with audio)

This shelter would be a good place to wait out a rainstorm!

12. Bridge Crossing (with audio)

After passing the shelter, there is a bridge for hikers and bikers to cross, but there is also a horse ford for horses coming from other trails.

13. Footbridge/Horse Ford Sign (with audio)

After crossing the bridge (or horse ford), take an immediate left up Reasonover Creek Trail.

14. Lake Julia with dock (with audio)

Take in this awesome panoramic view! It's well worth crossing the creek!

15. Reasonover Ck. Trail/Lake Julia Rd. intersection

At this intersection, turn left on Lake Julia Road until its intersection with Camp Summit Road.

16. Lake Julia Rd./Camp Summit Rd. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, make an almost complete left u-turn onto Camp Summit Rd. Follow Camp Summit Road up to Conservation Road.

17. Conservation Road to Airstrip (with audio)

When you reach the intersection between Camp Summit Road and Conservation Road take a left on Conservation Road, which will lead you to the Airstrip.

18. Airstrip (with audio)

This is the abandoned airstrip that was built by John Cart, who built Lake Julia (named for his first wife) in the in the 1960s. It is still used today for emergency situations such as forest fires.

Continue down the length of the Airstrip until the very end; watch for a trail sign to your left.

19. Left on Airstrip Trail (with audio)

When you reach the end of the Airstrip, take a left on Airstrip Trail.

20. Airstrip Trail/Shelter Rock Trail intersection (with audio)

When you reach this intersection, take a right on Shelter Rock Trail.

21. Shelter Rock Trail/Conservation Rd. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a left onto Conservation Road.

22. Conservation Rd./Bridal Veil Falls Rd. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a right on Bridal Veil Falls Road and follow it to reach the falls.

23. Waterfall Warning Sign

Keep an eye out for this sign. Make sure to stay on marked trails.

24. Bridal Veil Falls

Your first glimpse of the falls.

25. Bridal Veil Falls (with audio)

You can see how the water flowing over the rock resembles a bride's veil, hence the waterfall's name.

26. Corn Mill Shoals Tr./Bridal Veil Falls Rd. intersection (with audio)

Retrace your steps from the falls back to this intersection, where you will take a right on Corn Mill Shoals Trail.

27. Corn Mill Shoals Tr./Shelter Rock Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, continue on Corn Mill Shoals Trail.

28. Corn Mill Shoals Tr./Laurel Ridge Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a left onto Laurel Ridge Trail.

29. Laurel Ridge Tr./Shoals Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, continue left on Laurel Ridge Trail.

30. Laurel Ridge Tr./Cart Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, continue on Laurel Ridge Trail.

31. Laurel Ridge Tr./Mine Mountain Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, turn right and continue up Mine Mountain Trail.

32. Bear sighting location (with audio)

We saw a black bear cub scamper off into the woods at this point in the trail. We were much more watchful from here on!

33. Mine Mountain Tr./Cart Tr. intersection (with audio)

At this intersection, take a left on Mine Mountain Trail.

34. Bear tracks

We were lucky enough to see tracks most likely left by the bear cub sighted earlier. Keep an eye out for wildlife!

35. Mine Mountain Tr./Fawn Lake Rd. intersection

At this intersection, turn right on Fawn Lake Road to get back to the parking lot. We hope you enjoyed your trip!