Hiking Trail Review
for
Triple Falls Trail
in
DuPont State Forest


This is one of the most popular trails in DuPont State Forest, and you can see why.



The celebrated Triple Falls

photo by A. Scott Lavender


This trail is accessible indirectly from the Hooker Falls Access Area.  It is also accessible from the High Falls Access Area (formerly known as the Buck Forest Access Area).  For this trail review, I began at 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 below).

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 1.06 miles (approximately 1.12 miles there and back; exactly 5593 feet or 11,186 feet there and back.  This only differs slightly from the one way distance of 1.03 miles listed on the DuPont State Forest trail map published by Friends of Dupont Forest (rev. 2008).

You can hike one way to the High Falls Access Area if you have two vehicles.  You can also make a partial loop by incorporating High Falls Trail into your hike.  Please see the trail map and/or the pertinent trail reviews on this site to piece this together.

Difficulty:  moderate; this is the official trail designation.




This rest area shelter provides a fantastic view of Triple Falls

photo by A. Scott Lavender


Triple Falls might just be the coolest mile in DuPont State Forest.  Great waterfalls, a relatively easy trail, nice features, and a number of trails accessible from it make the trail one of the Forest’s highlights.  I began measuring distance at the Hooker Falls 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 (I do not know why it is not Hooker Falls Road). 

 

The Hooker Falls Road Trail portion:

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. 

 

Triple Falls Trail:

From 19’ to 139’, Little River is spanned by a nice wooden plank bridge with metal railing.  It is mildly arched.

From 251’ to 287’, you pass beneath the bridge on Staton Road.  The trail parallels the river from here until 2178’, displaying typical mountain whitewater.  I hope you brought your camera.

At 967’, there is an access to the river at a place great for rock-hopping (a.k.a. bouldering).

From 1000’ to 1092’, a nice split-rail fence graced the right side of the path.

At 1133’, an official access to the river is on the left.  Stay on the trail by heading uphill to the right.

At 1590’, there is a split-rail fence (to 1723’) and a view of the Triple Falls to the left.  This view is partially blocked by trees.

At 1647’, a very nice rock bench is present if you would like to rest a bit.  The bench faces the observation area for the Triple Falls.

At 1733’, a short trail to a picnic shelter with a spectacular view of the falls and a metal-on-concrete spinning picnic table.  I know of no other tables like this.

At 1821’, a trail to the observation deck heads off to the left.

At 1844’, another access to the picnic shelter above is on the right.

At 2178’, there is a junction with the High Falls Trail to the left.  A picnic table is present.

At 2439’, there is a gas line cut on both sides of the trail.

At 4006’, an old roadbed heads off to the left.  Stay straight.

At 4968’, there is a junction with an unsigned trail to the right.  This is not on the map.  It does have a post with a sign reading “trail” on it.  This actually connects to the High Falls Trail, which has an official trail sign on the far end (after 361’).  As this trail is unnamed and not on the map, I am considering it an unofficial trail.  There is an official intersection with the High Falls Trail at 5486’.

At 5486’, there is an intersection with High Falls Trail.

At 5593’, the trail ends at a junction with Buck Forest Road Trail at the High Falls Access Area.



Part of Triple Falls

Spend some time here...it's worth it

photo by A. Scott Lavender


Triple Falls Trail Video


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