Hooker Falls is one of the four waterfalls on the Little River in DuPont State Forest. At a maximum height the water falls about 22 feet. It is one of the few waterfalls in Transylvania County that provides recreation for the public beyond viewing and photographing.
Edmund Hooker ran a mill over the falls in the late 1800s. Back then, it was called Mill Shoals Falls. It is now known as Hooker Falls.
This is Little River before you get to Hooker Falls. The water level is much lower than normal, as are all the rivers in Western North Carolina. In a year with normal rainfall, only the tips of the rocks would be visible.
A bridle path crosses the path to the falls. This is the horse ford:
Looking downstream from the horse ford:
This is from the top of Hooker Falls. With a normal water level, the water streams across the entire area.
This is what makes Hooker Falls recreational and popular. At the foot of the falls is a swimming hole. Lots of people love to swim here in spite of the fact that the water is so cold there are trout fishermen not a hundred yards away.
The best view of the falls is from below. Much to my chagrin, I found a gate across the trail to the swimming area with a sign that read, "Closed from June 2 through June 6. No access allowed!" Bummer! I promise to go back for the "good" picture. Hooker Falls is accessible to the handicapped. There is a paved entrance and a special viewing deck for the handicapped. Here is the view from there.