A huge reason why I wanted to vacation in North Carolina was to satisfy my recent craving to hike. Florida is severely lacking in the mountain department, so we both wanted a change of pace. A big to-do for me was to see waterfalls, and DuPont State Forest did not disappoint. We found the perfect waterfall drive (we used option #1!) and got to driving/hiking.
High Falls was by far the most majestic waterfall I've ever seen in real life. The Hunger Games was actually filmed entirely in North Carolina, and Triple Falls was used to shoot multiple scenes. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my bow and arrow, but I still tried to channel my inner Katniss Everdeen! We finally had a chance to sit down and relax at our final stop: Hooker Falls. Neither of us brought our swim suits, but a few families unpacked their picnic lunches and went for a swim in the [ice cold!] water.
I believe our hiked totaled just under six miles of walking, and took just over two hours. From there, we drove out of DuPont and made our way to Pisgah National Forest, where the famous Sliding Rock resides. It wasn't nearly hot enough outside to subject ourselves to the frigid water at the end of the rock, but a part of me wish I'd done it anyway!
We finished our day driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was breathtakingly beautiful, and if we're being honest, terrifying. I could hardly make myself look out the window in fear of Ryan driving us off a cliff to our ultimate death. But those views (and the tunnels we got to drive through!) made it all worth it.
If you're planning on making this hike my advice to you: comfortable shoes, multiple bottles of water, and plenty of snacks. We managed to survive off a small bag of trail mix, but I envied the well seasoned hikers carrying legitimate backpacks and picnics.
It's safe to say this was my favorite day of our trip! I made sure to snap a few photos with my Nikon. Enjoy!