Triple Falls

DuPont State Forest, North Carolina, USA

About Triple 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: 35.19913
Waterfall Longitude: -82.61716

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

DuPont_046_20121018 - Triple Falls
Triple Falls

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.

DuPont_033_20121018 - Crossing over the bridge spanning the Little River from the Hooker Falls Trailhead to the connecting trail leading to Triple Falls
Crossing over the bridge spanning the Little River from the Hooker Falls Trailhead to the connecting trail leading to 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.

DuPont_037_20121018 - Julie on an uphill section of the Triple Falls Trail as we were getting close to the waterfall itself
Julie on an uphill section of the Triple Falls Trail as we were getting close to the waterfall itself

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.

DuPont_061_20121018 - Looking downstream over the top of the bottommost tier of the Triple Falls
Looking downstream over the top of the bottommost tier of the Triple Falls

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 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_034_20121018 - Looking upstream at the Little River from the bridge near the Hooker Falls Trailhead parking lot
DuPont_035_20121018 - Descending from the bridge onto the Triple Falls Trail on the other side of the Little River
DuPont_036_20121018 - Julie hiking on the Triple Falls Trail with lots of Autumn foliage both on the trees as well as on the forest floor
DuPont_039_20121018 - Our first glimpse of the Triple Falls from the main trail
DuPont_047_20121018 - Another look at the three drops of the Triple Falls on the Little River
DuPont_050_20121018 - Looking down at the context of the lookout and the Triple Falls from a side trail leading up to a picnic shelter
DuPont_051_20121018 - Looking up at a long picnic shelter near the overlook for Triple Falls
DuPont_052_20121018 - About to go down steps for a closer look at Triple Falls
DuPont_069_20121018 - Continuing further down the steps to get real close to Triple Falls
DuPont_058_20121018 - Looking upstream at the upper two tiers of the Triple Falls
DuPont_063_20121018 - There was a group of young folks at the Triple Falls so I couldn't help myself but to try taking this Hunger Games-inspired shot

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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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

Fixated on the full view of the falls

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

Tagged with: dupont, state forest, transylvania county, brevard, north carolina, waterfall, hunger games, little river, bridal veil falls

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