There are plenty of bucket list items for travelers to Asheville. Tour the Biltmore Estate or take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Looking for a hike then head south to Transylvania Count, the Land of Waterfalls. With over 250 waterfalls, many within a few miles of each other so grab your hiking boots and go.
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Asheville is just a one-hour drive to over 10,000 acres of undeveloped land in DuPont Forest. This area boasts over 80 miles of trails so it’s popular at peak times like weekends. Visit early or during the week to avoid the crowds.
Three Waterfalls, One Hike
A three-mile moderate hike takes you to three waterfalls. Park at Hooker Falls Access area (with bathrooms and a fountain to refill your water bottles.) Firstly take the spur trail leading downhill about 1/2 mile to Hooker Falls. This is one area where it’s safe to wade and swim but careful as the rocks are slippery. Reverse course to return to the parking area.
Cross the footbridge over the Little River to wind your way along the river path on your left. The trail is steep uphill on the way to Triple Falls. With 120 feet of drop over 3 cascades, views are available from the trail. Additionally, take the spur trail down 100+ steps to land at the top of the third cascade. Beware and stay behind the safety ropes.
Another half mile on the trail will take you to High Falls, the largest of the three. Once again, there is a spur to the base of the falls, or stay on the trail for this view.
Continue on the trail to find a clearing with a picnic shelter. We offer an upgrade to your stay that includes a picnic with your choice of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and water. Let us know and your backpack will be ready to go after breakfast!
The trail forks to the left to the High Falls parking access (an alternate route to see these falls.) Bear to the right instead to stay on a forested trail that loops back to Triple Falls. Return to your car on this same trail.
Quench Your Thirst
If you are not quite ready to return to Asheville, make a stop on your way back at Mills River Cidery. Bold Rock Cider is the nation’s largest independently owned cidery. They are strategically located in Henderson County to take advantage of locally-sourced apples. In case you are not just thirsty but hungry, they have an abundance of taps and a mobile kitchen as well as outdoor seating.
If you are looking for something a little more hoppy, try Burning Blush Brewery. This brewery is family owned and the beer is poured in appropriate glassware to enhance the experience not to mention, rotating food trucks start serving at lunch until supplies run out.
Back to Home Base
Spacious accommodations await your return to Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast. Every day starts with a fresh homemade breakfast served at 9 am. Fuel up for your adventures!