Hooker Falls, DuPont Forest

Hooker Falls, DuPont Forest

While Hooker Falls is only a 12-foot waterfall, its wide drop into a pool creates a beautiful setting and a great spot for splashing around on hot summer days. This is the fourth waterfall on the Little River in DuPont State Forest, and you can hike to the others: Triple Falls (one mile away), High Falls (1.5 miles) and Bridal Veil Falls (see our 7-mile waterfall hike).

Hooker Falls

Hooker Falls is easy to access via a 1/4-mile trail from the parking area. You will come to an observation deck above the falls first. Then continue on the trail to the pool in front of the waterfall. There are plenty of rocks to sit and enjoy the view (or enjoy a picnic). In the summer, it's a very popular swimming hole. Also find a separate paved trail to a second deck that is accessible to those in a wheelchair or scooter.

Hooker Falls NC

This is the only waterfall area in DuPont State Forest that is safe for swimming. The serene pool at the base of Hooker Falls is part of the bigger Cascade Lake, so there's not a strong current. You can even kayak from Cascade Lake up to the waterfall - or plunge in a kayak over the falls. Dogs are allowed on a leash. There are porta johns at the parking area. Find nicer restrooms and a visitors center a short drive away at the High Falls access. 

Hooker Falls

Read more about DuPont State Forest. And see more great mountain swimming holes.

Directions from Asheville (via Brevard): I-26 East to exit 40 for Highway 280/Airport exit toward Brevard. Turn right onto 280 and drive about 16 miles. Turn left on U.S. 64 as you enter Brevard past Wal-Mart. Travel east on U.S. 64 for 3.7 miles to the gas station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd and continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. Ascend and descend; after 3.1 miles, find the Hooker Falls parking area on the right just before the Little River bridge. Open during daylight hours. No admission fee. See on Google Maps.

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