Hiking Trail Review
for
Hooker Falls Road Trail
in
DuPont State Forest


View from the observation deck

Hooker Falls

photo by A. Scott Lavender


Hooker Falls Road Trail is great for the entire family.  All ages and those who have difficulty navigating trails, even those with wheelchairs, will love the feature waterfall.


This trail is accessible from the Hooker Falls Access Area.  There is a kiosk present and a shed with a bench in case you want to rest before you start hiking.  The primary trails accessed here are Hooker Falls Trail and Triple Falls Trail, though there are several other trails off Triple Falls Trail that can also be accessed from here (please see the Triple Falls Trail Review).

Directions:

There are two ways to access the trail: one from U.S. 276 in Cedar Mountain, N.C. and the other from Crab Creek Road.

From Cedar Mountain, N.C.:  Take U.S. Highway 276.  Turn onto Cascade Lake Road.  Drive 2.5 miles.  Turn right onto Staton Road.  Travel 2.3 miles.  Hooker Falls Access Area is on the left.  This is a medium-sized parking area.

DuPont Road from Crab Creek Road:  Take Crab Creek Road (this road is also known as Kanuga Road in Henderson County should one be coming from Hendersonville).  Turn onto DuPont Road.  Travel 1.2 miles.  DuPont Road ends and Staton Road begins (i.e. DuPont Road becomes Staton Road—this change is due to the road crossing the county line between Henderson and Transylvania Counties).  Travel 3.1 miles.  Turn right into the Hooker Falls Access Area.  There is a medium-sized parking area.

Blaze Markings:  unblazed

Length:  approximately .36 miles (approximately .72 miles there and back as the trail does not end at an accessible location; exactly 1902 feet or 3804 feet there and back.  This only differs slightly from the one way distance of .35 miles listed on the DuPont State Forest trail map published by Friends of Dupont Forest (rev. 2008).

Difficulty:  easy; this is the official trail designation.




Bridge over the river just above Hooker Falls

photo by A. Scott Lavender


I began measuring distance at the trailhead at the gatepost at the end of the parking area.  The trail is a full road at first and is designated as Holly Road.  The trail parallels the river its entire length.

 

At 100’, there is a junction with Hooker Falls Road.  Turn left onto it.

At 356’, there is a junction with Triple Falls Trail to the left.  Keep going straight.

At 603’, there is an access to the river to the left.  There is a kiosk explaining the Restoration of Little River.  I saw a fisherman here when I hiked it.  He said he was having bad luck.  I hope your luck is good.

At 889’, there are picnic tables in a clearing to the right.

At 1066’, there is a river access to the left.

At 1385’, the trail splits.  There is a 149’ paved trail to the upper observation deck.  The gravelled path leads to the lower and primary observation deck.  The trail continues from the lower path.

At 1504’, there is an observation area with a side view of the falls.  A split-rail fence commences here and runs to the end of the trail.

At 1788’, there is a fishing access trail to the right in the sharp turn.  Remain on the gravel to stay on the Hooker Falls Road Trail to the river and a wonderful view of the falls.

At 1902’, the trail ends with a nice view of Hooker Falls.  There is a kiosk about river restoration.




Enjoy your hike

photo by A. Scott Lavender


Video of Hooker Falls Trail


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