After driving about 47 miles from the Inn I connected with DuPont State Forest. This 10,000 acre state forest has over 90 miles of hiking trails. I chose the 3 mile roundtrip hike which takes you to 3 waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Its not a difficult hike and the trail is gravel and well marked, but there are a few steep spots when reaching the waterfalls. Most of the falls can be viewed from the top and bottom.
It was pretty crowded the weekend I went, but if you arrive earlier, during the week or off season you could avoid the crowds. There are restrooms and picnic areas. The movie Hunger Games was filmed in the park including Hooker Falls and Triple falls. I actually saw some of the filming the first time I went to the park a few years back.
Directions from the Inn– travel 276S through Pisgah National Forest and Brevard, in Penrose there will be a Marathon gas station on your right, turn right here on Crab Creek Rd, continue 4.3 miles to DuPont Rd and make a right after about 3.1 miles you will see Hooker Falls Parking area on your right.