Brooksong Hiking Recommendations
DuPont State Recreational Forest
DuPont State Forest features spectacular waterfalls, unique ecological communities, lakes and an extensive trail system. Provides both scenic enjoyment and recreational activities, including horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, hunting and fishing.
Visitors need to be prepared for an outdoor experience with limited options for public drinking water, restrooms and no food services. While cellphone service is limited, free wireless internet service is available at the Visitor Center, which also offers trail maps and a knowledgeable staff to help you plan your time in the forest.
For a more comprehensive list of waterfalls and activities visit the Friends of DuPont State Forest key attractions page.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total Length: 0.6 – 6 mi
- Trail Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
- Climb: Moderate
- Lowest Elevation: 2230 ft
- Highest Elevation: 2560 ft
Hooker Falls Road, Galax, Triple Falls, High Falls, Covered Bridge, Lake Imaging, Buck Forest Road,
Grassy Creek Falls, Conservation Road, Joanna Road, Lake Dense, Bridal Veil Falls Road
Hike Configuration: Partial loop, out-and-back
Starting point: Hooker Falls Parking Area
How to Get There: From Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to the exit for Asheville Airport (exit 40). Head south (right) on NC 280 (4-lane highway) toward Brevard for 16 miles. Turn left on US 64 East and drive 3.7 miles. Turn right on Crab Creek Road. Drive 4.3 miles and turn right on Dupont Road. The road will climb and change names to Staton Road, then begin a long downhill, at the bottom of which is the bridge over the Little River. The parking area is on the right just before the bridge. The trail to Triple and High Falls starts on the other side of the bridge. From Round Mountain: Directions on Google Maps
Gorges State Park
North Carolina’s newest state park may as well be called “Gorgeous” State Park due to its unique collection of waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock cliffs and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States. It’s located on the Blue Ride Escarpment – in an area where elevations rises 2,000 feet in only four miles. Here, moisture is squeezed out of Southerly flowing air to create rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year. This qualifies the unique environment as a temperate rain forest. Right now, three trails are available at the Frozen Creek Access on the East side of the Park. At this time, construction is underway on the West side at the Grassy Ridge access area, as a result of a master plan which will including the building of a permanent headquarters, loop road, overlooks, campgrounds, a visitor center, and trail access areas. Grassy Ridge is the main access area for the Park.
How to get there: To access the three available trails use the Frozen Creek Road entrance which you passed on the way to Brooksong Log Cabin. It’s less than 10 minutes away.
Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest covers 1,076,711 acres across Western North Carolina. This large area includes tracts surrounding the town of Asheville and the French Broad River Valley. Tremendous recreational opportunities, including hiking and backpacking, abound within its boundaries.
This forest is divided up into 4 ranger districts: Grandfather, Toecane, French Broad, and Pisgah. The Grandfather and Toecane Ranger Districts lie in the northern mountains of NC and include areas such as the Linville Gorge Wilderness, Wilson Creek, the watersheds of the Toe and Cane rivers, Roan Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, and Coleman Boundary. The French Broad Ranger District stretches along the NC-TN line from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park north to Hot Springs. The Appalachian Trail passes through this section of this National Forest.