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Triple Falls

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Beauty Rating:
Little River
River Basin:
French Broad
2,360 feet
Type and Height:
Three levels totaling about 100 feet
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Standingstone Mountain NC/SC
Hike Distance:
0.35 mile to upper overlook
Hike Difficulty:
6 (plus lots of steps to the base)
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Driving Directions

The trailhead is the same as for Hooker Falls. From the junction of US 64, US 276, and NC 280 in Brevard, drive 3.5 miles east on US 64 and turn right on Crab Creek Road (SR 1528). Go 4.2 miles and turn right on DuPont Road (SR 1259), which becomes Staton Road when it crosses from Henderson County into Transylvania County. It is 3.1 miles on this road to a large, well-signed parking area on the right just before the bridge over the Little River. Drive to the far section of the parking area, at the footbridge over the Little River.

Hike Description

See the DuPont State Recreational Forest introduction before following these directions.

From the parking area, cross the new footbridge over the Little River. You’ll pass under the road and follow the river upstream. After a level course along the river, you’ll climb steeply to an overlook of the falls, on the left. To reach the base, continue a few yards and take the path on the left. It descends via steps to the top of the lower drop.


One thing’s for sure about Triple Falls. When you see it, you won’t question how it got its name. Two upper falls of 20 to 25 feet each and a lower falls of about 40 feet make up this section of the Little River. The section between the middle and lower drops has lots of flat rock to walk around on. It’s extremely popular among sun worshipers and waterfall lovers, so expect company on weekends or any day during the summer or fall.

Like the other three falls on the Little River, Triple Falls was featured in The Last of the Mohicans, although you might have a hard time recognizing it. Along with Bridal Veil Falls, it is part of the sequence where Hawkeye and the Mohicans escort Cora, Alice, and Heyward to Fort William Henry. More recently, the waterfall was featured in The Hunger Games. Triple Falls is where Katniss finds Peeta camouflaged against the rock. For an instant during this scene, you can see the middle drop of the waterfall in the background.

According to Jim Bob Tinsley, the waterfall was known as Rag Falls during the late 1800s.