Carolina Mornings Spotlight: Hooker Falls

Enjoying Spring and Summer in the Mountains:
Hooker Falls
Spring and Summer in the mountains of Western North Carolina means hot sun, lush foliage, and swimming in the lakes and streams that dot our landscape. With hundreds of miles of National and State forests, the opportunities for water-based adventures are limitless. To help you plan your warm-weather fun, we've put a spotlight on one of our absolute favorite swimming holes in the area!
Hooker Falls
Hooker Falls is one of our favorite summer hang out spots. A relatively small waterfall (about 12 feet), the real draw of Hooker Falls is the wide and deep pool at the base of the falls. During the spring season, the water is ice cold and perfect for splashing after a vigorous hike in the area. Large rocks surround the pool, making it a great place to just lay in the sun, have a picnic, read a book, or do any of your other favorite down-time activities.
During the summer season, when the southern sun is at its hottest, the water warms up and this becomes a very popular swimming hole for visitors and locals alike. Hooker Falls is the only waterfall in the DuPont State Forest that is considered safe for swimming; the calm pool of water has a gentle current that, we find, lulls us into a feeling of deep serenity. And for those that want to make more of a sport out of it, consider kayaking up the stream from Cascade Lake... and plunging over the falls!
To get to Hooker Falls from Downtown Asheville, take I-26 East to Exit 40 for Highway 280. Turn Right onto 280 and drive about 16 miles. As you enter Brevard and drive past the Wal-Mart, make a Left onto US 64. Continue on this road for 3.7 miles until you reach the gas station in Penrose. Turn Right onto Crab Creek Road. After 4.3 miles, turn right onto DuPont Road. 3.1 miles ahead, you'll find the Hooker Falls Parking area on the Right. A 1/4 mile trail will lead you to the falls!

Stay Local
If you're traveling to the area to enjoy the wonders of our mountains, rivers, and swimming holes, staying in a well appointed home-away-from-home will be key to fully enjoying what our landscape has to offer. Carolina Mornings has dozens of homes in and around the Asheville area - each one unique! Elkhorn Cabin, a gorgeous 3 bedroom home located in Asheville, is the perfect home base for families looking to experience the wonders of WNC. You'll fall in love with the custom details within the home, the fully equipped kitchen, and the entertainment area (complete with Ping-Pong table!). Oh, and did we mention Elkhorn Cabin boasts its own private sauna? 
To begin planning your stay at Elkhorn Cabin and your WNC swimming hole adventures, contact Carolina Mornings at (855) 398-0712. A professional Vacation Planner will assist you in lining up your accommodations, and our Experience Planner will help you polish up your area itinerary! Be sure to ask about our Mountain Discovery Pass - included with every Carolina Mornings Reservation.
By: Dana Carrico