We enjoyed a fun day trip on Sunday! We drove into Asheville to do a little shopping. We picked up a new tent that we can not wait to try out!! (Stay tuned!) On our way there we stopped and enjoyed a great lunch at a little spot called The Trail Head in Black Mountain, NC. It was delish!
After our stop in Asheville we headed toward Hendersonville and Brevard to spend some time in the DuPont State Forest. It was a great trip. This is a very well maintained recreational forest with over 10,000 acres located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
The forest contains four large waterfalls and five lakes. There are over 80 miles of roads and trails winding through this property. It is the playground for outdoor adventure seekers of all sorts including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, trail runners, etc. The trails we were on were easy, very well maintained and beautiful. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the woods as we searched for the waterfalls.
We visited two of the four falls that are nestled deep within the forest here and they were both astonishing! First we went to High Falls, this 100' waterfall is simply amazing!
We walked from the bottom to the top of this waterfall. At the top there is a quaint covered bridge built across the river.
Looking the direction of the waterfall you see the river begins to slip and slide around the massive rock formation before it plummets down.
Looking the opposite direction at the calm river you would never know that a massive waterfall is just steps away.
Look who we met up with at the top.
He was famished and we enjoyed watching him mull around and eat the brilliant green vegetation under the water. Turtles are interesting creatures no doubt.
On our way down to another waterfall we were intrigued by the stillness of the river that flowed from one to the next. We would have expected to see rushing waters after taking that plunge.
Next up Triple Falls…
Have you seen the movie The Hunger Games? If so you have seen this waterfall. Many scenes from the movie were filmed in these woods and the scene where Katniss nearly steps on Peeta was shot right here.
We had a great time but the day was winding down and we left without seeing the other two falls. Not to worry though, we have already planned a return trip so we will get in the other two next time.
I think James may even get me back on a bike, some of these trails looked doable to me ;) He of course prefers the more strenuous trails weaving through but maybe he will humor me for a more leisurely ride so I can go too! I wonder if he would do some trail running with me??
There is no camping in the state forest however there are several campgrounds nearby. If you are in the area this is definitely a place to visit! I am always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us. It really is incredible that these wonderful places are so close to where we live, we are so fortunate.
To get to DuPont from the Asheville area take I-26 east toward the Asheville Airport. Exit at the Airport (exit 40) and head south on NC-280 for approximately 16 miles. Turn left onto US -64 (heading east) for about 4 miles. In Penrose, turn right onto Crab Creek Road for about 4 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right on DuPont Road and continue for 3.1 miles until you see access signs and parking areas.
There are so many great waterfalls to see in this area, you could make a whole week of exploring them!
If you are not in our neighborhood and can't go visit the places we recommend, find out what secret treasures are hiding in your back yard and explore!
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