Triple (Twin) Falls, Arkansas

Triple Falls in March 2011

This may be the first waterfall that I can think of that changes its name! If you visit after a nice rainfall, you’ll see Triple Falls, with three separate ribbons of water. If you show up and it’s drier, you might only see two ribbons, and now you can feel free to call it Twin Falls. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Getting to the falls is relatively easy, assuming you head in the right direction. I found what seemed to be the parking area for the falls, and started heading along what seemed like a nice trail. It didn’t lead anywhere (of interest). I kept hiking, and finally gave up. I really hadn’t walked that far, but I had to wonder. And then, I had this clever thought…let’s check the directions again. And after reading the directions, I realized that I might have left and right (or north and south) confused…something of that sort. By chance, I also noticed a sign. It said Twin Falls. Except there’s no Twin Falls in view, even though I hear something. I decide to go to the “other side”, hike a bit, and without much effort, I was viewing Triple Falls!

I’m pretty surprised I saw the Triple version. Many of the other falls in the area seemed rather sparse for March. Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls was almost water-less, as was Liles Falls. I was disappointed with some of the falls, but Triple Falls and Eden Falls ranked as my two Arkansas favorites (of the seven I viewed).

Directions:
1) From Jasper, head west along AR-74.
2) After driving for a few miles, turn right onto Camp Orr (or Kyle’s Landing) Road. There will be signs for Kyle’s Landing and the Boy Scouts of America Camp Orr indicating the turn.
3) It’s a downhill drive along a gravel road. I don’t remember it being terrible. After a mile, you’ll take a sharp right to continue on Camp Orr Road.
4) Drive down to the bottom of the hill, and look for a sign for Twin Falls just before you enter the Boy Scout Camp. It’s somewhere very near the entrance to your LEFT as you come downhill. I don’t remember the trail being extremely noticeable at first, but once you find the sign, it’s pretty straightforward.
5) Hike the short distance to Triple (Twin) Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10

Where in the World is Triple Falls?: map

Hooker Falls, North Carolina

Of the three waterfalls you can most easily view in the Dupont State Forest in North Carolina, Hooker Falls is the easiest of those three to visit. High and Triple Falls both require hikes up a steeper hill, though they are still clearly marked. There are many other falls in the area, though the trails can become a little bit confusing.

Hooker Falls is also the smallest of the three falls, and many people may skip in favor of the other two more photogenic falls. I had a fun time, though, at Hooker Falls. The height of the waterfall is not that significant, but that apparently makes it a favorite of kayakers. When I visited in early March, there were two kayakers actually plunging over the falls. I was excited to use my newer camera to capture the image as they plunged over the falls. That’s the only waterfall that I’ve ever seen somebody kayak over, so it sticks with me.

Directions:

  1. You’re going to want to get on US-64 heading south of Brevard. (Head north on US-64 if you’re coming from South Carolina.)
  2. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. and head 4.3 miles to Dupont Rd.
  3. Turn right on Dupont Road, which is also called Station Road in places.
  4. Go for a ways until you cross the Little River. During busy times of the year, you’ll realize that right near the bridge is the parking area for the falls. You can also park on the side of the road.
  5. The short 0.25 mile (one-way) trail to Hooker Falls is clearly marked, and is found directly opposite the start of the trail leading to Triple/High Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 14′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Hooker Falls (9)

Hooker Falls in March 2009

Hooker Falls (20)

Where in the World is Hooker Falls?

High Falls, North Carolina

In DuPont State Forest in North Carolina, there are multiple different waterfalls to be found. Some of them are along more trails that are more complicated to navigate, but three are found along one of the main trails. Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls are all found along the Little River.

High Falls is my favorite of the three falls, though each of them are great in their own right. Of the three waterfalls, High Falls is the most difficult of the waterfalls to get to along the river. Hooker Falls is extremely easy to visit. Triple Falls is more difficult because of the incline. After passing Triple Falls, you keep heading up the steep incline to High Falls, which means you will be tired out at the end, and your legs will be burning. Even so, it is definitely worth it!!!! If you continue on past High Falls, there are more waterfalls, though I decided not to do that.

Directions:

  1. You’re going to want to get on US-64 heading south of Brevard. (Head north on US-64 if you’re coming from South Carolina.)
  2. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. and head 4.3 miles to Dupont Rd.
  3. Turn right on Dupont Road, which is also called Station Road in places.
  4. Go for a ways until you cross the Little River. During busy times of the year, you’ll realize that right near the bridge is the parking area for the falls. You can also park on the side of the road.
  5. The trail to Triple Falls and High Falls starts across the road from the parking area.

Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/strenuous)
Height: 125′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

High Falls (2) (1)

High Falls in March 2009

Where in the World is High Falls?

Triple Falls, North Carolina

If the view were not so advantageous, Triple Falls might be classified as three separate falls. But with Triple Falls, you see all three drops simultaneously from multiple different viewpoints. This makes Triple Falls one of the more popular waterfalls in the waterfall-infested Transylvania County.

Triple Falls isn’t necessarily that easy to get to. Let’s just say the walk back down wasn’t even that simple, even though I was going downhill. There is a clearly defined trail, but the trail is consistently steep in parts. It’s not the kind of steep that requires strategically placed ropes, but it is steep enough to wear you out. Unless you’re really out of shape, you should be able to do it, but plan to take a well-deserved break at the falls. If you love waterfalls or love the feel of lactic acid burning away in your calves, you can head even further up the trail to the equally spectacular High Falls. (Hooker Falls is on the opposite side of Dupont Road.)

Directions:

  1. You’re going to want to get on US-64 heading south of Brevard. (Head north on US-64 if you’re coming from South Carolina.)
  2. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd. and head 4.3 miles to Dupont Rd.
  3. Turn right on Dupont Road, which is also called Station Road in places.
  4. Go for a ways until you cross the Little River. During busy times of the year, you’ll realize that right near the bridge is the parking area for the falls. You can also park on the side of the road.
  5. The trail to Triple Falls and High Falls starts across the road from the parking area.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 120′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Triple Falls

Triple Falls in March 2009

Where in the World is Triple Falls?