High Falls and Triple Falls Tour

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High Falls and Triple Falls Tour is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hendersonville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

A tour of two of Dupont State Forest's stunning waterfalls...and also some intriguing mystery. Hiking: Right on Buck Forest Road, left on Covered Bridge Trail, right on High Falls Trail, right on Triple Falls Trail, right on Buck Forest Road back to parking

7 days ago

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

Trail was wide and obstacle free. Paths to get a better view of the Falls was just worn paths by foot traffic and a little dicey. The short trail to Triple Falls was straight down, which means going back up, was straight up. Overall, I agree the hike was moderate. I only started recording when I got to Triple Falls, so you can add on about another mile. Plenty of people had dogs and small children.

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

Great trail and beautiful waterfalls. Not difficult, but muddy, icy in some areas and very busy even on a cold winter weekend day. I would definitely recommend it for the natural beauty of the multiple waterfalls.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Last of the Mohicans!!! Great trail for visitors. Beautiful sites and waterfalls to be seen. Great for a trail run.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with amazing sites

walking
1 month ago

This was a lovely easy trail with lots to see - waterfall, covered bridge, lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Last of the Mohicans 1992 film was shot on this location.

hiking
1 month ago

Wide, well maintained trail along the water. Falls are beautiful. Add the Hooker Falls trail for another beautiful falls view and a nice place to sit and enjoy a trail snack. Great trail for newbie hikers and for family treks.

hiking
1 month ago

After this trail, we hiked on to Hooker Falls and Grassy Creek Falls. True total mileage of hike was 6.3 miles. Trail ratings are probably correct but as most of hike was over hard packed snow and ice, difficulty is obviously higher with those conditions. The snow cover truly added to the beauty of the area.

hiking
2 months ago

High Falls Loop Trail is a very beautiful hike but the incline makes it very difficult to do in the snow. Our 10 year old was super excited to see High Falls thought, because they are big, beautiful, and powerful.

The hike is steep in some parts but not for long periods of time. There are many well marked optional routes, like a hike to the covered bridge, a hike to the base and a hike to Triple Falls. The signage even tells you have far for each detour.

hiking
2 months ago

Our family hiked this with kids 6,8, and 12. They did great! Beautiful waterfalls!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked to these gorgeous falls for the 1st time today and we fell in love!

We started out at the visitor’s center where Marijane, a very helpful volunteer, gave us a map & went over the hike details. I was glad to be offered a map since at least one review mentioned a poorly marked trail. It turns out that we didn’t need the map at all. The trail is clearly marked with signs at every intersection. I will add here that we have been hiking as a family for over 20 years, so we are well seasoned.

We took the right at the Y, then went to the covered bridge before doubling back to the loop and continuing to High Falls. It was a magnificent sight! The trail continued to Triple Falls where a nice set of wooden steps (approx 100 in all) lead us right onto a rocky shelf at waters’ edge. The staircase had many decks with benches if you need to rest. We followed the loop on around & ventured down to Hooker Falls. The path was very steep but only for a short distance. We retraced the path & joined the loop, walking on the forest side of the trail & ended back at the visitor’s center.

There are bathrooms at the center in addition to several port-a-potties along the trail. There are also many picnic benches spread throughout the loop. This was a great morning hike & if you take your time, even young kids could walk the gravel trail the whole way!

walking
2 months ago

Great trail, and pretty easy with just a few steep parts. The steepest areas are in the beginning so if you’d like an easier walk you could park at the visitor’s center instead of hooker lot. You could still walk down to see triple falls without having to walk the steepest part. There are a lot of stairs to get to the bottom viewing area of triple falls but you can still see them without going down the stairs, it’s just not quite as nice of a view.

When we were there we got to see kayakers take part of the triple falls, it was so cool!

Only reason it lost a star is the trail is not very well marked. Forks (and even 3 direction splits) weren’t always marked, the signs that were there often didn’t include distances, and there were very few signs along the trails. It is a short trail but it’s always safer to be well marked, especially for inexperienced hikers or anyone who might find themselves there when it starts to get dark.

2 months ago

If anyone has an issue with the steep part of these falls I suggest parking up at the Visitors center lot first in stead of Hooker lot. (Reason being the steepest part is from Hooker up to Triple) . From the visitor center lot walk out the trail to the Y that begins the loop trail, turn right you will see a sign to left going to the Covered bridge first. Walk the gravel road to the Covered bridge. Water starts downward on High Falls from the Bridge. Hike the path to left (looking down from the bridge) going down to Triple to look back at High Falls view where you came from (beautiful view looking back up of High and the Bridge) . continue hike down to Triple then back up around on the part of the loop back to Vistor center lot. Last drive down to Hooker lot and only a short walk to see Hooker. This will help if you need to avoid a steep climb from Hooker to Triple. Enjoy a day here, It amazingly beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls, well maintained trail. However, it was super crowded on a Saturday afternoon.

Absolutely loved this beautiful trail! High Falls is a BEAST and easily one of the most impressive waterfalls we've ever seen! The trails were nice and wide, some pretty steep incline between Hooker Falls and Triple Falls, and while there were no trail blazes noted, it was easy to find and stay on trail due to signage. Highly recommend this hike- it was beautiful! Full trail review + more pics coming soon to our hiking blog at www.Wander-Full-Life.com

hiking
3 months ago

Very accessible and scenic, therfore a bit busy. The first half went by the waterfalls and the covered bridge. It was nice to complete the loop, because even though the second half was less scenic it was a nice quiet stroll through the woods without the crowds.

3 months ago

This was a great waterfall but definitely not easy.

hiking
4 months ago

High falls is a very impressive extremely high waterfall and triple falls is also impressive. It is well worth the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike...well maintained pathways.

hiking
5 months ago

As others have said, more of a path than a trail but this area is beautiful. The beginning of the Triple Falls Trail is fairly steep but it really levels out after that. The stairs that go to the bottom of Triple Falls are definitely worth your time. There is also a path that goes to the base of High Falls that give you an opportunity to get close to the falls for some really cool views. It had been raining a lot when we were there so the water was up and High Falls was awesome. We got there early and had no problems with parking or crowds. Foot traffic got very heavy on our way down and when we got back to the parking lot it was full and people were parking down the road for a half mile in both directions. Go early!

hiking
6 months ago

Really crowded hike and this was on a weekday. I did this and a bit more. I started at Hooker Falls, went up to see those falls and then turned up to Triple Falls and onto High Falls. From there I continued up over the covered bridge over High Falls and went up to Grassy Creek Falls - that's worth skipping as there was nothing to see. From Grassy Creek I turned back up on Buck Forest Road down to Thomas Cemetery to Sandy to Wintergreen Falls. Then back up to the Guion parking area and then back all the way on Buck Forest. A good long lollipop but this whole area is really easy to hike.

6 months ago

Pretty very populated

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail that can be done with kids - moderate due to some steep rocks but very manageable

6 months ago

Great waterfalls very busy area get there early and can beat the crowds

7 months ago

Nice views of beautiful falls. More of a walk than a hike. Kind of touristy.

walking
7 months ago

Yes, as others have noted this is not exactly what I would call hiking. Path walking is more like it. All of the falls were beautiful, we walked from hooker falls parking area to triple falls to high falls to bridal falls and lastly to hooker falls before calling it a day, took us about 3.5 hours or so. We brought a picnic which we enjoyed at high falls. Great day of multiple waterfalls, just not much of a hike.

7 months ago

Very good walk

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty hike with very big waterfall. Lots of dogs & kids having fun too.

walking
7 months ago

There was a lot of straight uphill, and half of the trail was a lot wider than I like, but the falls were spectacular!

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