Triple Falls

DuPont State Forest / Transylvania County, North Carolina, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Triple Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Triple Falls was the second of three waterfalls on the Little River we visited while touring DuPont State Forest. Like its name says, it consists of three distinct tiers all cascading at different angles relative to the trailside view. It's said that the cumulative drop of the three main tiers is 125ft.

We hiked to this waterfall from the Hooker Falls car park (about 0.3 miles) though it's also possible to get here from the High Falls Access car park (1.1 miles) going in the opposite direction. We started by crossing Station Rd then crossing over the bridge over the Little River before descending steps onto the trail for Triple Falls.

From there, the trail followed the river upstream before it made a bend and it started to climb steeply enough to make it a bit of an aerobic workout. Towards the top of the ascent, the view you see in the photo at the top of this page became available.

Continuing on the trail towards the apex of this section of climbing, there was a spur trail on the left leading to stairs that eventually led us to the top of the bottommost waterfall. It was at this spot that we could appreciate the fast flow of the Little River as well as the inherent danger of the wet and slippery rocks near the edge of the river as well as the brink of the falls (in other words, be careful!).

Although we could've continued on our hike towards High Falls, we actually turned back to the Hooker Falls car park to shorten the hike a little more (though I don't think it really saved that much in distance; probably on the order of a half-mile). All in all, we spent about 90 minutes for walking and photographing both Hooker and Triple Falls.

While Julie and I watched the DVD for The Hunger Games, we noticed that this waterfall made a very brief appearance in the movie. However, we had to look real carefully and recognize parts of the falls because they didn't show its entirety in the scene. Speaking of the movie, apparently Bridal Veil Falls was also in the movie though we didn't get a chance to visit it.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Triple Falls from the top of its lowest tierTriple Falls from the top of its lowest tier
Another look at Triple FallsAnother look at Triple Falls
The town of Brevard (where we based ourselves and where this photo was taken) was a short drive away to DuPont State ForestThe town of Brevard (where we based ourselves and where this photo was taken) was a short drive away to DuPont State Forest
We crossed the road and walked across the bridge to start this section of the hikeWe crossed the road and walked across the bridge to start this section of the hike

Looking upstream at the Little River from the bridgeLooking upstream at the Little River from the bridge

On the trailOn the trail

Looking down at the falls from a trail to a picnic shelterLooking down at the falls from a trail to a picnic shelter

About to go down steps for a closer look at Triple FallsAbout to go down steps for a closer look at Triple Falls

Further down the stepsFurther down the steps

There was a group of young folks at the falls so I couldn't help myself but to try taking this Hunger Games shotThere was a group of young folks at the falls so I couldn't help myself but to try taking this Hunger Games shot


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Zoomed in bottom up sweep of the falls focusing on each tier before zooming out at the end to show the entirety of Triple Falls


Top down sweep following the flow of water over all 3 tiers from the base of the Triple Falls stairs


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we visited this waterfall from the Hooker Falls car park (they shared same trailhead), we'll reproduce the driving directions here.

From the intersection of Broad St (Hwy 64) and Main St (Hwy 276) in the town of Brevard, turn right and follow the Hwy 276 (Greenville Hwy) southeast for about 11 miles towards the DuPont State Forest turnoff on the left (on Cascade Lakes Rd). Turning left onto Cascade Lakes Rd, follow this road for about 2.5 miles towards Station Rd. Turn right onto Station Rd and follow this road for about 2.2 miles eventually passing a bridge over the Little River where the large unpaved car park for Hooker Falls resides on the left. This drive would take us about 30 minutes.

Alternatively, if you wanted to start from the access for High Falls, then see that page for its directions.

As for some geographical context, Brevard was 35 miles (under an hour drive) south of Asheville, 47 miles (90 minutes drive) northwest of Greenville, South Carolina, and 126 miles (2.5 hours drive) west of Charlotte.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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