About Triple Falls
Triple Falls was the second of three waterfalls on the Little River that 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 as you can see in the photo below.
It’s said that the cumulative drop of the three main tiers is about 125ft.
We hiked to this waterfall from the Hooker Falls parking area for about 0.3 miles.
However, it’s also possible to get here from the High Falls Access parking lot for about 1.1 miles going in the opposite direction.
In any case, 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 of Triple Falls that you see in the photo at the top of this page became available.
Continuing on the trail towards the apex of this climbing section, there was a spur trail on the left leading to stairs that eventually led us to the top of the bottommost of the three waterfalls.
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 around it.
This was especially the case near the river’s edge let alone the brink of the falls so in other words, be careful!
Although we could’ve continued on our hike towards High Falls, we actually turned back to the Hooker Falls trailhead to shorten the hike a little more.
In hindsight, I don’t think it really saved that much in overall distance (probably on the order of a half-mile).
Nevertheless, we spent about 90 minutes for walking and photographing both Hooker Falls and Triple Falls on this combined excursion.
Finally, while Julie and I watched the DVD for The Hunger Games, we noticed that Triple Falls 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 on our trip
Triple Falls resides in the DuPont State Forest near Brevard, 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.
Since we visited Triple Falls from the Hooker Falls parking lot (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 parking lot 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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