I know what you’re asking yourself. You went to Triple and High Falls and not to Hooker Falls? Well, we tried. I thought only the parking area at Hooker Falls was closed. But, the trail to the falls was also closed. They are building a walking bridge across the river to prevent everyone from having to cross the road to get to Triple and High Falls. But, to what we DID do on Saturday.
We parked at the High Falls Access parking lot (and so did hundreds of other people). The trail starts at the back end of the parking area. Very nice trail in this area. Nice / flat / smooth crushed gravel. After approximately 1/3 of a mile, we came to an intersection where you could head to either of the falls. We took the trail to the left to Triple Falls. After approximately 2/3 of a mile, you get to the intersection where you can turn right to go to High Falls. Don’t turn right, but just walk a few feet further and look to the right. There is a stairway down to Triple Falls. And I mean lots of stairs. We spent some time photographing the falls and headed back up.
To take the 4/10 of a mile walk on to Hooker Falls, you turn right when you get to the top of the stairs. Mom saw the trail ahead and decided to wait on us at the stairs to Triple Falls. She could tell that once she went down those stairs, that it may be a challenge getting back up those stairs. That was probably the right decision because you spend probably the next 1/4 of a mile or more going down a pretty steep hill. It finally levels off and you continue on to cross the road to go to Hooker Falls. Well, we get out to the main road, and guess what? Trail to Hooker Falls is closed. So, we turn around and huff and puff back up the very long hill to meet mom.
After we met back up with mom, we turned left and took the 2/3 of a mile walk to High Falls. When you arrive at the viewing area, you get a pretty good view of the120 foot waterfall. Wish some of the trees were cut down so you could have an amazing view. One of the photos following is the best that we could get of the falls, along with the covered bridge at the top of the falls.
After continuing on from here, we came across Covered Bridge Rd. We turned left and walked the .2 miles to the covered bridge. Very nice bridge. But, probably wouldn’t take that way if we went back. I mean, it’s a very nice bridge. But, when you looked towards High Falls, all you see is where the water drops over the ledge. That’s it.
So, when we were ready to head on to the car, we went straight on Buck Forest Road. After about 3/10 of a mile, we arrived at the parking area.
I hope you enjoy the photos of this little adventure. I’d say in all, that we probably walked about 3 1/2 miles. Run your cursor over each photo for a brief explanation.
Directions: From Johnson City, TN, take I-26 to Asheville. Continue on I-26 through Asheville until you come to the airport exit #40. After you exit, take a right. Take Hwy 280, 16 miles to Hwy 64. Turn left onto Hwy 64 and go about 3 1/2 miles and you’ll come upon a stoplight at Crab Creek Rd. Turn right and travel approximately 4 1/2 miles to Dupont Rd. Turn right onto Dupont. Eventually Dupont will become Staton Rd. The parking areas are very well signed. Watch for High Falls Access parking. You may be able to park in the parking lot. You may have to park on the main road.