Waterfalls and western North Carolina are almost synonymous. With hundreds of these cascading beauties flowing throughout the Pisgah National Forest, Smoky Mountains, and other parks, you won’t find a shortage of hikes to get a closer view. The best part is that these hikes are ideal for many people, regardless of age, experience, or fitness level.
Whether you love to experience nature firsthand, enjoy hiking, or want to enhance your amateur photography skills, you’ll find everything you want and more at the following 10 waterfall hikes near Asheville.
Triple Falls Trail
Located in the heart of waterfall country, DuPont State Recreational Forest is an excellent place to start your waterfall hiking excursion. While you’ll find many falls in the forest, Triple Falls is the show stealer. Featured in “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” this 120-foot waterfall is majestic. Plus, the hike to the falls is easy for kids and older adults.
To get to Triple Falls, park in the Hooker Falls parking lot. Trailheads will point the way for this 1-mile, round-trip hike. Winding its way through the Fraser firs and other 100-year-old trees, the trail isn’t paved, but taking care to watch your step should keep you safe. The trail ascends 120 feet, so you may need to take breaks along the way. However, the views are as picturesque as they come.