City to Trails

A city girl's journey to the trails of North Carolina


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Hike 3: DuPont State Forest

Ahhh, the Land of Waterfalls. There is nothing in this world like the sound of a waterfall. These natural beauties are a sight to behold! A few weeks ago I got the itch to see some waterfalls, after all I live within an hour of many of them.

As you may know, DuPont State Forest is known not only for its waterfalls, but also for its film appearances. The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games were both filmed in these woods. I think its pretty cool to be traipsing through an area where many popular stars once were (I’m a movie and TV junkie, so this is like my version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame).

Aside from DuPont’s cool Hollywood connection,  it is a gorgeous area for hiking or just a leisurely stroll. If you choose the latter, though, you could limit yourself to the wonders that you could see. I (really I mean me, Daphne and, of course, Ruthie)  hiked for about 4 miles-out and back.

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Hooker Falls is the first waterfall you will come across. Just a short jaunt from the parking lot (a 1/4 of a mile to be exact) you will see the first of 6 waterfalls. I only saw 3 of the waterfalls, but don’t you worry, I will go back to see all 6! You can check it out from the viewpoint at the top of a small hill, then if you walk down the hill you can get a little more up-close-and-personal.

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About 1/2 a mile and a relatively steep climb later you will see the gorgeous view of Triple Falls. This is probably my favorite of the 3 falls I saw. Again, you can see it from the viewpoint or you can go down to its base. We did both. Luckily, there are stairs to take you down to the base. When you get to the base you have to be careful, the rocks can be very slick, and being the paranoid person that I am, I couldn’t bring myself to venture too far from the stairs. Some people were climbing around near the top of the waterfall, and frankly I think that is crazy and stupid. That is how people get hurt or die. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but its true. If you do decide to live on the edge, literally, please be careful!

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At the 2 mile mark is High Falls. It’s a pretty easy trek, but totally worth it. We did not go down to the base of the falls this time, instead we kept going up and made it to the covered bridge. I loved the covered bridge. We took a break and enjoyed the view from the top of High Falls.

This hike is probably one of my favorites and one that I will do again and again. Next time, I might try to do all 6 waterfalls.


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The Back Story and the Decision

Asheville, North Carolina is set in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travel just outside of the city and an abundance of outdoor activities awaits you. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, camping, white water rafting, you name it and Asheville has it. So, why on earth would a city girl who has no desire to do any of those activities choose to live there?

It wasn’t really my decision to move to Asheville. Yes, I agreed to move, but I wasn’t the one to say “Hey, lets move to North Carolina”. Prior to moving here, I had never stepped foot into the state. I moved with my (now ex) significant other. It was a way to escape from Florida and at that moment in time I was desperate for a change. We sold everything we owned and moved here with no job, no place to live and a very limited plan. It all worked out in the end and now I’ve been here for almost three years, but there has consistently been one problem. I’ve never fully emerged myself in the Asheville lifestyle.

In order to call myself an “Ashevillian” I have decided that I need to act like one. I’ve got a few of them under my belt already. For instance, dancing at the Drum Circle on Friday nights. Check. Learning to hula hoop. Check. And the most important (at least in my eyes) drinking the local brews. Multiple checks. As a matter of fact, I think I’ve mastered that one! But, I’m still lacking in the outdoors department. That is all about to change.