This past weekend, Tucker and I headed back up the mountain to visit Hendersonville & Asheville. Fall is my favorite time of the year in western North Carolina and I wanted to take advantage of the leaf changing before the peak was over. In Hendersonville and some lower-elevated areas, the trees had not quite changed colors yet. However, in some of the higher areas, there was an abundance of trees glowing in yellow, orange and red hues. Something about fall in the mountains just makes my heart feel warm (even though the weather is turning quite chilly!).
On Sunday, Tucker took me over to DuPont State Forest & Falls in Brevard, NC. Brevard is about a 20 minute drive southwest of Hendersonville down Hwy. 64. It’s also home to a new brewing site for Oscar Blues Brewery (for all your beer lovers out there!). There are several waterfalls located inside the forest but we visited Triple Falls & Hooker Falls. The parking lot was jammed full of leaf-lookers and tourists, but who wouldn’t blame them for coming out. It was truly beautiful and the weather that day was perfect. Here are some of the pictures from the two falls. The hike to the falls from the parking lot isn’t tough at all, and I read on the RomanticAsheville.com website that there are actually longer trails you can take, including some mountain biking routes. Definitely will be going back soon!
The hike up to Triple Falls isn’t long but it is somewhat steep. You can then take stairs down to the base of the falls for a closer look. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed.
The hike to Hooker Falls is really short, about 1/2 mile or so, from the parking lot. There were less people on this trail, which was nice.