Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls

11-14-15 - Hooker Falls is accessed from the Hooker Falls parking area and is the easiest waterfall to get to in DuPont State Forest. The hike is less than a mile round trip and is along a gravel road. The large pool at the base has become a very popular swimming hole, so be prepared for crowds on summer week ends. This is a fairly safe swimming area in normal conditions since the waters below the waterfall are part of Cascade Lake.

Directions:  From the intersection of US64 east of Brevard and Crab Creek Rd, drive 4.2 miles on Crab Creek Rd and turn right on to DuPont Rd. Drive 3.1 miles and turn right into the Hooker Falls Access parking area. Drive through the first parking lot and back to the second (newer) parking area. (If you come mid day in the summer, you may end up back in the old lot because the new one will be full.)  Look for the Hooker Falls Trail before you cross the footbridge over the Little River. This access area was improved a few years back. The parking lot is now bigger and a new foot bridge over the Little River allows access to the Triple Falls Trail and above without having to cross the busy road.

At the kiosk before the foot bridge, the Hooker Falls Trail is the gated gravel road that leads down river. Stay to the left at any intersection. The trail first comes to an overlook at the top of the waterfall for the view of the falls in the picture below. Do not try to climb down from this point! Continue down the trail for a very short distance to the large pool at the base of the falls, then you can head up the left side for a closer look from the side of the waterfall. Stay off of the top of the waterfall! Even though the waterfall is less than 15' high, you can still slip and crack your skull or other important body parts. Remember that rock is harder than bone!

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