Hike to Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest, a popular summertime swimming hole near Brevard, NC

Hooker Falls at DuPont State Forest

Hike the exceptionally short and easy Hooker Falls Trail to an exceptionally beautiful waterfall and swimming hole at DuPont State Recreational Forest near Brevard, NC.

trail info

.6 miles
(round trip)
easy
Dog-
friendly

LOCATION:DuPont State Forest near Brevard, NC (maps & directions)

GEAR: Osprey Stratos 24 Backpack w/ our favorite day hike gear and Canon 6D Camera

OFFICIAL MAP: Nat Geo 780 Trails Illustrated Map

North Carolina’s Transylvania County is considered the “land of waterfalls,” thanks to the abundance of exceptionally beautiful waterfalls set in the county’s beautiful, rolling forests. And without a doubt, Hooker Falls is one of the county’s most popular waterfalls, well loved for its photogenic beauty, short hike, and cool swimming hole below the falls.

Hooker Falls, NC is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole in DuPont State Recreational Forest near BrevardAbove: the Little River spills in a beautiful, symmetrical waterfall at Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest

Hooker Falls is beautiful: it’s a wide, symmetrical, single-cascade waterfall, the last in a series of four on the Little River in DuPont State Forest. Below the falls, the river pools in a deep, wide basin that’s one of the summertime’s most popular swimming holes near Brevard, NC.

Swim at the Hooker Falls waterfall and swimming area at Dupont State Forest near Brevard, NC

This is not a long hike, but it’s definitely rewarding. Whether you’re craving a refreshing, chilly-water waterfall swim, chasing waterfalls, or just looking for a beautiful, scenic picnic spot, this waterfall is worth a visit.

Hooker Falls: the hike

The hike begins at the large Hooker Falls / Triple Falls trailhead and parking area at Dupont State Forest (view maps and driving directions). At the trailhead, facing the bridge over the Little River, the hike departs to the right, walking southwest and following the river downstream.

The trail follows a wide gravel road, meandering along the river’s contours in a forest of rhododendron and hemlock. The Little River flows trailside, tumbling over a rocky bed littered with large stones and small boulders.

Hike to beautiful waterfalls at DuPont State Forest in North Carolina on the Little River

The hike reaches an overlook at .25 mile, catching a side view of the spilling falls. Hooker Falls cascades down a dozen feet from a level, stair-stepped cliff, tumbling onto a flat, level rock outcrop below.

The trail departs the overlook and continues its northwest journey, hiking to a wide, open area just below the falls. Large, level, blocky rocks with fractures filled with soft green grasses make a great place to hang out and enjoy the waterfall’s beauty.

Hooker Falls: hike to a waterfall and swimming hole at DuPont State Forest in Western North Carolina

After a quick dip, and snapping some fully Instagram-worthy photos of the waterfall, the hike retraces its outbound steps to the trailhead, completing the adventure at just over a half mile.

Note: slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Please don’t climb, stand on, swim above, or jump from any waterfall. And please pack out everything you packed in to help keep DuPont State Forest beautiful.

More waterfall hikes at DuPont State Forest

In the mood to chase some more beautiful waterfalls? From this same trailhead, cross the bridge to hike the Triple Falls Trail to a stunning trio of waterfalls that were a filming location for The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games. Or, for even more waterfall-filled adventures, hike the DuPont State Forest Waterfalls Hike, visiting Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls on the Little River.

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Hooker Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest Map, Directions & Details

Hooker Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest Map
Hooker Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest Map
This map is not a substitute for official trail maps or topographic maps.

Driving Directions


Parking

Free parking is available at the trailhead. Check the DuPont State Forest website for hours and closures.

GPS Coordinates

35.202017, -82.620033     //     N35 12.121 W82 37.202

Please Remember

Always leave no trace, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way, and follow these trail etiquette tips.

Elevation Profile

Hooker Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest: Elevation Profile
Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.

Eric is also a freelance writer, photographer and creative director.