Hooker Falls

DuPont State Forest, North Carolina, USA

About Hooker Falls


Hiking Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-10-18
Date last visited: 2012-10-18

Waterfall Latitude: 35.202
Waterfall Longitude: -82.62367

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Hooker Falls was the first of three waterfalls on the Little River we visited (the other two being Triple Falls and High Falls) while touring DuPont State Forest.

What this falls lacked in height (probably about 15ft tall) it definitely made up for with its width and classically rectangular shape.

DuPont_027_20121018 - Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls

Julie tends to be partial towards the wider waterfalls so this one definitely was her type.

Plus, the Autumn colors surrounding this waterfall certainly added to its scenic allure.

We were able to access this waterfall from the Hooker Falls parking lot (see directions below), where we followed a short 1/4-mile trail (or 0.3 miles depending on which sign you look at).

Along the way, the trail offered us profile views of the falls from above it as well as the frontal views you see in the rest of the photos on this page.

The trail was wide enough to lead me to believe that it used to be a road (possibly a logging road?).

DuPont_017_20121018 - Broad direct look at the entire width of the Hooker Falls backed by Autumn colors
Broad direct look at the entire width of the Hooker Falls backed by Autumn colors

Perhaps some restoration work was also going on by the banks of the Little River due to soil erosion (probably as a result of the clearing of vegetation from logging).

Anyways, it’s said that Hooker Falls was named after Edmund Hooker who ran a mill downstream from the falls back in the late 1800s.

Thus, we’ve seen in the literature that this falls was also called Mill Shoal Falls.

Given the easy and short trail, we were probably one of at least a half-dozen people with DSLRs who brought a tripod for those long silky shots like you see in the photo at the top of this page.

Authorities

Hooker Falls resides in the DuPont State Forest near Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It is administered by the North Carolina Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

DuPont_004_20121018 - Walking on the wide trail towards Hooker Falls
DuPont_008_20121018 - Looking down at the profile of the Hooker Falls as the trail passed above its brink
DuPont_010_20121018 - The Hooker Falls Trail went beyond the waterfalls brink towards the riverbed further downstream before heading back upstream right to the bottom of the waterfall
DuPont_011_20121018 - The trail approaching its end where the front of Hooker Falls could be seen
DuPont_012_20121018 - Approaching the Hooker Falls surrounded by gorgeous Autumn colors
DuPont_014_20121018 - Julie checks out the Hookoer Falls from the banks of the river
DuPont_022_20121018 - Angled look at the Hooker Falls as I went closer to the end of the trail by its base
DuPont_030_20121018 - Broad angled view of the Hooker Falls from the end of the short trail

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We’ll describe the driving directions from Brevardsince that was where we stayed.

From the intersection of Broad St (Hwy 64) and Main St (Hwy 276) in town, 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.

DuPont_002_20121018 - Julie at the trailhead parking lot closest to Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest
Julie at the trailhead parking lot closest to Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest

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 parking lot for Hooker Falls resides on the left.

Driving from Brevard to DuPont State Forest and this trailhead took us about 30 minutes.

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.

Fixated on a profile top down view of the falls before zooming in on it even more


Right to left sweep from along the bank of the stream before ending at the falls with a zoom-in at the end


Fixated on the falls


L-shaped left to right sweep of the falls from closer to its base

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Transylvania County, Brevard, NC July 7, 2011 2:08 pm by BJ Winchester - These three waterfalls you can get to by parking in the Hooker Falls parking lot. The Hooker Falls is so offset that you can get behind the fall and sit down! All three of these waterfalls you can swim at the pool in the bottom. The High Falls is over 300 ft. This is a… ...Read More

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