DuPont State Forest
- Take Left out of the front parking lot.
- Take Left at 1st light (Bearcat Blvd.)
- Take Left at 1st light (Church St.)
- Go 10 blocks and turn Right onto Kanuga Road.
- Kanuga becomes Crab Creek Rd. after 3.9 miles at Little River Rd. (flashing traffic light). Continue on Crab Creek 7.1 miles tDuPont Rd.
- Take Left onto DuPont Road (which becomes Staton Road)
- Go 3.1 miles on DuPont / Staton Road to the Hooker Falls Parking Lot on the right, just before the DOT bridge across the Little River.
- Park in the Hooker Falls Parking Lot.
- Take a hike, see some waterfalls!
Hooker Falls (Follow Hooker Falls Road on foot 0.25 miles)
Hooker Falls is the fourth falls on the Little River and drops about 11' into Cascade Lake. Hooker Fall was part of the original DuPont State Forest and has become a popular swimming hole. Care to cool off?
Triple Falls (About a 15-minute walk from the Hooker Falls Parking Lot: Cross over Staton Road, watch for traffic. The Triple Falls Trail runs along Little River upstream for 0.3 miles. There is a trail down the to the falls further up on the left.)
Triple Falls is the third of the Little River Falls, which consists of three distinct cascades, totaling about 120' in a vertical drop. The falls was featured in the movie Last of the Mohicans.
High Falls is the second and tallest of the Little River Falls, and slides 150' down an inclined plane of granite. – You have two options here!
For those who want a good workout:
- Continue on High Falls Trail that goes off to the left from Triple Falls Trail. It’s about a 15-minute hike mostly uphill.
For those who want to see the falls without the workout:
- Go back to your vehicle and turn right out of Hooker Falls Parking Lot.
- Go about 0.9-mile tHigh Falls Park Lot on left. Follow Buck Forest Road on foot to High Falls Trail (on left) to a viewing area near the picnic shelter.
- Go back to the vehicle
- Take a left out of High Falls Parking Lot (if you did the easy trail)
- OR take a right out of Hooker Falls Parking Lot (if you took the long hike)
- Follow Staton Road until it dead-ends into Cascade Lake Road.
- Turn Left on Cascade Lake Road (go about 2.5 miles)
- Turn Left on Reasonover Road (go about 2.8 miles – if you get to US-276 you have gone too far.)
- Park in the Fawn Lake Parking Lot
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is the first falls of the Little River and is probably the most unique. It drops off an overhanging ledge that allows visitors to walk underneath (as shown in Last of the Mohicans), then the water sheets down a long, shallow inclined plane of granite before tumbling into the pool below. Bridal Veil Falls is a much longer hike.
- From the Fawn Lake Access Area, turn right 0.10 miles and take the first left on Conservation Road for 1.70 miles past the airstrip.
- Turn left on Bridal Veil Falls Road 0.53 miles to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls.
- Total=2.33 miles.
Pisgah National Forest
- Return to car and go back out Reasonover Road.
- Turn Right onto Cascade Lake Road.
- Turn Right onto Staton Road which turns into DuPont Road.
- At End of DuPont Road turn Left onto Crab Creek Road.
- At end of Crab Creek Road Turn Left on Hwy 64 (West)
- Stay on Hwy 64 until you reach the intersection with Hwy. 280 & Hwy. 276.
- Go straight through the intersection onto Hwy. 276 North.
- You will enter the Pisgah National Forest.
Looking Glass Falls
Follow Hwy. 276 about 4 miles past the ranger station to Looking Glass Falls. (You can play in the water at the bottom of the falls – be very careful, rocks are extremely slippery when wet!)
Moore Cove Falls
Go about another mile north and look for a concrete bridge with an adjoining wooden footbridge and bulletin board. This is the trailhead to Moore Cove Falls. Park on the paved right shoulder and cross the stream via the footbridge then follow the yellow blazes to Moore Cove Falls, a 50-foot cascade over a ledge. About 1-mile round trip.
When you return to your car, continue yet one more mile north to Sliding Rock. (This is where the cut off shorts come in handy! You can actually slide down the rock in the summer and that rock can be rough on a thin bathing suit!)
Cradle of Forestry Center and a Fish Hatchery
If you are interested, the Cradle of Forestry Center and a Fish Hatchery are both in the area as well, feel free to stop and check them out.
At this point you can return back to 1898 Waverly inn by going south on Hwy. 276 and getting back ontHwy. 64 heading East. It will bring you all the way back to downtown Hendersonville. Turn left on Main Street and the Inn will be on your left in two blocks.
OR take the scenic route back…
- Continue through the Forest (a total of about 10 miles) to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Turn right on the Blue Ridge Parkway (heading North)
Stop and enjoy the fabulous views at the Pisgah Inn. (Lunch or dinner?)
- Continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway (a total of about 18 miles) towards Asheville (North).
- Watch for the sign that says Hwy 191/Asheville/Hendersonville/NC Arboretum.
- Take a Left to hike or explore the exhibits at the NC Arboretum. (Follow signs)
- Turn Right to take Hwy 191 South (go about 7 miles).
- Turn Right to stay on Hwy 191 (Joins Hwy 280.) – go about 1 mile.
- Turn Left to stay on Hwy 191 (go about 7 miles)
- Turn Right on Asheville Hwy.
- Turn Left at 4th Light (Bearcat Blvd.)
- Turn Right into the first gravel parking lot (back lot of 1898 Waverly Inn)