Photo Courtesy – Romantic Asheville
In the mid-1990s, the chemical company DuPont began selling off land in southern Transylvania County. Part of that land along the Little River contained several magnificent waterfalls. But since they were on private land at the time, very few people actually had the privilege of seeing them.
The entire area was almost converted into a residential community. Thanks to some sketchy language in the deed, Jim Anthony outbid conservation groups and began making improvements to roadways in the forest with the full intent to turn it into a residential area (something he promised he wasn’t going to do). After a lengthy legal battle, Governor Jim Hunt invoked eminent domain on the land and paid Anthony $24.5 million for the area.
DuPont State Forest has quickly become one of the area’s most popular attractions with tons of hiking trails, fishing spots, and campgrounds. There are three waterfalls that make a great little outing for lazy people and beginner hikers – Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls – each one more magnificent than the last. Each one can be accessed from the same trail.