Triple Falls Trail: waterfall hiking at DuPont State Forest, NC
Hike the Triple Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest to a trio of cascading waterfalls on the scenic Little River on a relatively easy, 1 mile, kid-friendly hike.
This hike to Triple Falls spans one mile, round trip. The hike follows the Triple Falls Trail in DuPont State Recreational Forest, a beautiful, 10,000 acre playground that’s popular with hikers, bikers and runners, located just east of Brevard, NC. While Triple Falls is clearly the hike’s main attraction, there’s abundant beauty along the trail, too: the hike follows the scenic Little River along a wide meander, catching views of the glassy river as it flows over a grassy, bouldered bed.
Triple Falls Trail at DuPont State Forest: the hike
The hike from the Hooker Falls / Triple Falls parking area off Staton Road (view maps and driving directions), immediately crosses the wood and metal bridge spanning the Little River. The hike catches views of the river’s rocky bed from the bridge as it crosses.
Reaching the opposite shore, the hike ducks under a bridge, catching wide views of the Little River. A tributary stream, Hooker Creek, joins the river on the opposite bank, tumbling over a rocky, bouldered bed before flowing into a glassy pool. Tall grasses line the river’s banks.
The Triple Falls Trail follows a wide, graveled path, diving deeper into the forest and following the contours of a wide meander on the river. The forest is lush, shaded by tall trees above and covered in vibrant green moss and orange-brown leaves below. Leathery-leafed and gnarly-branched rhododendron are abundant, lining the sides of the trail.
The hike arcs southbound, reaching a trail junction at .2 mile and veering left to visit the lower Triple Falls waterfall. Just below the falls, the river’s flow is serene, bordered by blocky rock, grasses and tall trees.
The hike reaches lower Triple Falls at .3 mile, catching an up-close view of the tumbling waterfall. Doubling back to the main trail, the hike hangs a left at .4 mile, making a climb to the upper and middle waterfalls. It’s a steady climb to the upper falls, but relatively short, climbing 100 feet over the next .1 mile.
The hike catches a view of the three waterfalls from a break in the treeline at .5 miles.
The hike turns left at .55 miles, descending to the upper and middle waterfalls on a series of wooden stairs and landings. Reaching a wide, expansive rock outcrop, the hike catches gorgeous views of the upper tiers of Triple Falls and the lower waterfall downstream.
Departing the upper and middle falls, the hike retraces its outbound steps on the Triple Falls Trail to return to the trailhead. The hike reaches the trailhead at 1 mile, completing the hike.
Note: slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Please don’t climb, stand on, swim near, or jump from any waterfall.
More DuPont State Forest waterfall adventures
Up for an adventure? DuPont State Forest is filled with more than 80 miles of outstanding hiking, biking and running trails. Don’t miss the short hike to Hooker Falls, accessible from the Triple Falls trailhead: it’s an easy .6 mile hike to a wide, cascading waterfall on the Little River (and a popular summertime swimming hole). Or if you’re up for chasing some serious waterfall beauty, hike the forest’s Three Waterfalls Hike to visit Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and the towering cascades of High Falls on a 4.5 mile roundtrip.