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North Carolina's Smoky Mountains at the Triple Falls area.

The DuPont State Forest is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina. Its 10,400 acres of forest feature four major waterfalls on the Little River and several on the Grassy Creek.

The original 7600 acre forest was established in 1996 through a generous bargain sale from the DuPont Corporation. In 2000, the Forest was expanded by two property additions, including the spectacular 2200 acre tract in the center of the Forest containing High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Courtesy:

This is one of my favorite spots on the Little River in Dupont State Forest. This shot is taken farther down river from the last photo I posted with the Heron. Something about this particular cascade has great character, I love how the one sections fans out into the foreground. It is also a beautiful section of the river where it widens out and there are a lot of small cascades and large boulders that make this section unique. I also like it because it is easy to access and I have never seen anyone else at this spot.


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Lower Tier

Triple Falls

Little River

DuPont State Forest

North Carolina


Triple Falls is one of those falls that when you first lay eyes on the whole thing you are simply awestruck. Standing at the overlook on the Triple Falls Trail you see the river tumble 180 ft over 3 distinct drops, it gives you the impression it's twice as large as it really is. Once you make your way down to the falls and you visit each tier you realize it's not as big as you thought, but it's still impressive. Of the three tiers my favorite is the lower, it has the greatest personality and offers numerous isolation opportunities. This is the the foot of the approximately 60 ft. tall tier, which also happens to be my favorite section to shoot. I love how the water races in from the right then doglegs over a small ledge creating this beautiful uniform flow. On a cloudy day you could spend hours here, heck on a sunny day we spent a couple at this spot before the sun finally ran us off.


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Continuing my 24 hour "Tour de Waterfalls" in the Brevard, North Carolina area last weekend, this is Triple Falls, one of the more popular falls in the DuPont State Forest. The water volume was HUGE, the mid-day sun was peeking in and out playing havoc with my efforts and there were people crawling all over the rocks at the base of the lower fall so I only managed a few shots. It looks like it would be a fun place to hang out and get wet in the summer. The trail to the falls is only about half a mile, mostly uphill.

Close-up of High Falls, One of 6 waterfalls located in Dupont State Forest, North Carolina. 125ft in height.

At the base of High Falls ( the lower right hand corner of the picture in the comment below ) in North Carolina.

Two fall colors abstracts, all SOOC:

Top photo: I manually zoomed in while I was exposing for 30 seconds.

Bottom photo: Reflection in a puddle.


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Barn looking trail leading to High Falls and other trails in the area including Triple Falls and Hooker Falls.

As the title says this is the bottom section of Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest in NC.

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A different perspective of this marvelous view of Triple Falls.

This was the first stop of the trail what we saw. We did make it a closer as the previous photo indicates.

Note: The Hunger Games movie was filmed here and used Dupont State Forest part of the movie.

In western North Carolina, one of my favorite waterfalls we came across was this one at Dupont Forest near Brevard.

Film location for the "Hunger Games" was shot here.

After a 30 minute hike, you get to notice phenomenal waterfalls, which include High Falls and Hooker Falls.

Definitely was a good thing with all the rainstorms that produced inches and inches of rain. The waterfalls were very alive and timing couldn't of been any better.

This is a photo I took last year while spending a day in Dupont State Forest. It was towards the end of the day and I had put on my macro lens to capture some fall leaves when I found this...object floating in the wind. I ended up really liking the delicate nature of this photo and this tiny thing in the wind. Got to love the little surprises you can find in a random bush on the side of a trail.


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This section of cascades on the Little River in Dupont State Forest is one of my favorites to visit. It is a beautiful setting and something about the flow of the cascades really display nature's artistic abilities. It is also a favorite place of mine because it is very easy to access and there is never anyone else there, even on days when Dupont is crowded.


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A man surveys the middle falls. Fortunately he stood still long enough not to ruin this image

I had just finished taking a few shots of Hooker Falls in Dupont when I noticed the early morning light hitting the fall foliage above the pool downstream from the falls, creating some very beautiful reflections.

Two of the Three drops of Triple Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina.

High Falls, Dupont State Forest, North Carolina

In preparation for a field trip to DuPont State Forest (Transylvania County, North Carolina) later in the week with some out-of-state friends, I decided to go up there to scout out the area, a bit. I ended up finding a good variety of wildflowers to photograph -- some of which had already finished blooming in South Carolina.


For a report on this field trip, please check out Jim's Blog.

The sun started peeking through the trees as the best morning light left us... This is the middle section of Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest.

Dupont State Forest and Hooker Falls was my first stop on Saturday. I was hoping for just a cloudy day...but geez it was raining steadily the whole time at this stop. Many of the maple leaves had already fallen, but there was still enough yellows and reds for my liking.

High Falls in DuPont State Forest in Cedar Mountain North Carolina drops 120 feet down an inclined plane of granite.

I took this on my first visit to Hooker Falls this autumn. The sun was just coming up over the falls, backlighting the fall foliage above the falls. I came back a few days later before the sun came up to get a few shots with more even lighting.

Photo taken in DuPont State Forest, NC at Hooker Falls.

High Falls

Little River

DuPont State Forest

Brevard, North Carolina


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One of the falls I wanted to knock off my list to visit in the Brevard area was High Falls. Located in DuPont State Forest this enormous 100 + ft. tall cascade is on the Little River, I had been near this falls twice when I had visited the falls downstream but the first time I didn't know it was there and the second hard light discouraged the trek. I almost didn't make it this time as a steady all day rain had put a damper on our day and it was nearing dark but after some coaxing of my good friend Jeff Burcher, aka Von Shawn on Flickr, he decided he would go and we'd take the easy hike and not visit the base. Man, was it worth it, and thanks for driving Jeff!

This was my second visit to Hooker Falls this past autumn. I made sure I got there well before the sun rose over the falls this time....and before the crowds showed up.

I took this image last fall while on vacation. I processed one with almost the same composition but never processed this one. Looking forward to fall in the mountains.

Hooker Falls in DuPont State Forest near Brevard NC.


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One of many beautiful waterfalls in Dupont State Forest. This waterfall was seen in the movie "Last of the Mohicans" as the falls the characters go over in canoes.


This is the second encounter I have had with a Heron while visiting Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest. The first time it happened he was right at the base of Triple falls but unfortunately it was virtually dark outside and I didn't have the right lens on...there just wasn't enough light to capture anything good.


This time I was at the top of Triple falls when my wife noticed him again right at the base of the falls. I scrambled down to the base of the falls as fast as I could without breaking something but unfortunately he had already started moving down river. I was still excited to keep him in my sights and have enough light to get a good shot. I really wanted to capture him with a long exposure to get a sense of movement in the water. It took a lot of shots but my patience paid off. This isn't the shot I had envisioned but I still like it. I like that his body is still but his right leg is moving. There is always next time!


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Triple Falls has lots of exposed rock along the river, allowing you to walk around until you find an interesting composition. This is the lowest of the three falls

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Another shot of Hooker Falls from this past summer without any tonemapping. Is it becoming obvious to anyone that I love Hooker Falls?

in dupont state forest in hendersonville,nc 5 miles past ceasers head Dupont State Forest ~ Transylvania County, NC. I took this picture yesterday ~ the sky was gorgeous & the colors were amazing :)

Triple Falls in Transylvania County, North Carolina. It drops 125 feet and has 3 distinct drops, which are difficult to get into one photograph, even with an ultra wide angle lens.

I took tons of waterfall shots this past summer and fall, but usually posted HDR images of them. I'm going back and reposting some of my favs without any HDR treatment.

The leaves are changing - especially the bush in the foreground. It was in full color. Hooker Falls is on the Little River in the DuPont State Forest, in Western North Carolina. It is one of 4 major waterfalls on the Little River in this area. The others are High Falls, Triple Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

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Hooker Falls. Dupont State Forest. NC

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