Triple Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest offers a unique opportunity to stand (or even have a picnic) in the middle of waterfall! A level rock surface allows plenty of room to safely enjoy the views and cascading water. To see this 120-foot tall waterfall, hike one mile roundtrip from the Hooker Falls parking area or 2.2 miles roundtrip from the High Falls parking area (passing High Falls along the way). Stop at the visitor center at High Falls parking area for maps and info on more waterfalls to see during your visit. It's part of our favorite 3-Mile DuPont hike to three waterfalls. See our DuPont Forest Guide to plan a visit.
After enjoying the view of all three cascades from the main trail, take the staircase down to the flat rock plateau between the falls. It's a great spot to sit and soak it all in. But no swimming or wading is allowed due to currents. And climbing rock faces is prohibited since it's very dangerous.
Bring your dogs, but keep them out of the water due to the currents. This is a popular spot, especially on weekends. Visit midweek or early morning, and you will often have this spot all to yourself. This spectacular setting is very popular, so see our tips to avoiding the crowded times.
It's a great winter hike option. See more wintry waterfall photos. But be very careful since wet or icy rocks are very slippery.
Peak fall color at DuPont Forest is late October and into early November.
Hike to nearby Hooker Falls or High Falls - both are about 1/2 mile away, opposite directions (see more info about this hike to see all three waterfalls). Or take a 7-mile hike to DuPont's biggest waterfalls.
Directions from Asheville (via Brevard) to two parking areas: 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. One mile past this parking area is the larger High Falls parking area with restrooms, visitor center and water. Open during daylight hours. No admission fee.
Watch our video of Triple Falls that we shot after a big rain.