April 24, 2013

Asheville Waterfalls

Miley and Howie, Boston Terrier puppies, live it up at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown Asheville. This is where the Hunger Games trio of stars stayed when they filmed here!

Eight years ago, on our third anniversary, Kevin and I spent four days vacationing in Brevard, North Carolina. Brevard is a gorgeous, lusciously green, quiet town just outside of Asheville, located right in the heart of Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. We love hiking, woods, trails, being outdoors, picnic lunches, and especially waterfalls, and we have a tradition of going on a hiking and waterfall trip every year for our anniversary.

(You can see photos of our past trip to Brevard here, and photos of our past anniversary trips here. Scroll down to Vacations & Trips. Be careful, they’re really, really old! Proceed with caution.)

This area is famous for its high concentration of waterfalls all in close proximity, so even after 10 years of anniversary trips, that trip to Brevard has always been one of my favorites.  So many gorgeous, huge waterfalls! :) I’ve always said I wanted to go back one day. Last weekend, one of my oldest friends got married just outside of Asheville (you may have seen this on Instagram!), and I was so excited to go to his wedding and be back in this gorgeous area. We definitely knew we wanted to head up a day early to revisit some of our favorite spots! This time we stayed in downtown Asheville at the Hotel Indigo. We love Hotel Indigo hotels and always try to stay there if there’s one close by. I loved our unique rooms in San Diego and Berlin. They’re always so posh, and as you can see from the photo above, they’re very pet-friendly! Miley and Howie were living it up! :) We didn’t have Miley and Howie on our first trip to Brevard, so we were super excited to bring them along this time. So glad they could stay at the hotel with us! They love hiking and exploring! :)

Miley and Howie, Boston Terrier puppies, live it up at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown Asheville. This is where the Hunger Games trio of stars stayed when they filmed here!

Getting ready for an adventure! :) Downtown Asheville is such a neat area. I loved it. It’s got a great downtown vibe, very pet friendly, amazing restaurants, fun shops, art, and cute boutiques. The Hotel Indigo is in a great location and within walking distance to everything. We ate most of our meals with the wedding party, but we did manage to sneak away for brunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe and dessert at the Ultimate Ice Cream Company while we were there. The biscuits at Tupelo Honey Cafe were unforgettable — some of the best I’ve ever had — and Kevin’s Sweet and Sour Pork Ribeye with homemade mac and cheese was AMAZING! I kept sneaking bites of his mac and cheese!! I would definitely go back again! And I LOVED Ultimate Ice Cream Company!! Thanks so much to sweet Caroline for the recommendation! :) I could’ve had ice cream there every day. I wanted to go back again so badly, but we just ran out of time. The next time we are anywhere near Asheville, I will definitely be hitting them up for some ice cream! :)

Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

On our free morning in Asheville we headed back to our favorite spot from our first trip, the three main waterfalls at Dupont State Forest: Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls. While looking up directions, we discovered that this was the location where the Hunger Games was filmed! And we didn’t realize it until after we left, but the Hotel Indigo in Asheville is where the trio of stars stayed while filming. What a neat coincidence! As soon as we got back home we watched the Hunger Games again to see if we could recognize any of the spots where we’d been! :)

Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest. I have a picture of us sitting right here 8 years ago!

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest. This is one of my favorite falls because you can hike up to each waterfall and walk right out on the rocks and wade in the waters of the falls.

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

See how close we got? The mist from the waterfall was spraying my camera lens, lol! :)

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

It was a bit cooler this time than when we usually go at the end of May, but the falls were running much harder from the spring rains this time than they were back then. It was beautiful to see how powerful they were.

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

And when it warms up, it’s a great place for sunbathing and picnic lunches! :)

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

Two tough, waterfall-hiking dudes!

Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

I didn’t get a good angle of it, because I didn’t realize it at the time, but this is where Katniss finds Peeta all disguised in the mud in the Hunger Games movie! This is the lower of the three Triple Falls. As you can see, there is a big tour group photographing it from above, lol! But there was no one down where we were. :)

High Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

And just a short hike up from Triple Falls is High Falls. High Falls is a breathtaking sight to behold. I could not capture how huge, tall, and powerful it is!! Last time, when it wasn’t running as powerfully, we were able to go stand out on that rock and get a photo right underneath the falls.

 

Asheville Weekend Getaway

If you’re planning a trip to Asheville, here are some helpful links!

Where to Stay
Hotel Indigo

Where to Eat
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Mayfel’s
Early Girl Eatery
Ultimate Ice Cream Company
French Broad Chocolate
Chocolate Fetish

Things To Do
Top 25 Waterfalls near Asheville

Waterfall Scenic Drives and Hiking Tours near Asheville



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32 Comments





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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

Such awesome pics! We used to live in NC like 10 yrs ago and it’s got so much natural beauty! You and Kevin look great in the pics!

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Chris April 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

Plan to go here someday, thanks for the preview and photos Amanda. Always enjoy the pics of Miley and Howie. Have you even done a post on how you trained them to be such good dogs? Bet lots would be interested.

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Janice April 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

Very nice pictures. Always enjoy seeing them. Looks like yo had a nice trip.

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Lisa April 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

What a beautiful post on your trip. I love the water falls and would love to visit them. I have visited some in NH but they are not close by like these. Thanks for the great pics!

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Teri April 24, 2013 at 6:18 am

Beautiful , I live in Nc and never knew about the falls.
Thanks for sharing you do a great job.

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Peggy Whisenhunt April 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

What a georgeous beautiful place to visit. So enjoyed your pictures. Have missed your emails as they always end up in my spam mail and I don’t check it enough. thanks so much. Peggy

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Shelby April 24, 2013 at 7:09 am

Love those pictures! So glad you enjoyed the Hotel Indigo! It looks like it is Boston Terrier approved! ;-) Can’t wait to visit with Rupert and Piper.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

Wonderful pics and while I never would’ve really considered that place for a vacay, I certainly am now! We’re waterfall junkies as well! :) I always appreciate your travel posts and the detail you put into them!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

oh how neat. I always love your photos of waterfalls

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Amanda W April 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

Glad you enjoyed Asheville! I am lucky enough to live among it’s beauty everyday. I don’t know if got to try any of the breweries in town but if/when you come back, be sure to try a few of the local brews from Highland, Green Man, Wedge, French Broad, Asheville Brewing Company, Lexington Ave Brewery, and many others — they are always a treat!

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Vintage Paper Designs April 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

So pretty!

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Mary Jane McNeill April 24, 2013 at 8:21 am

Alright, Amanda. I love all of your pictures (food, waterfalls, dogs, etc…) but you must post your camera settings now for all of your pics, because they’re so good!!

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Amanda April 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi Mary Jane! You can click on any photo to see the camera, lens, and settings I used. Hope this helps! :)

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Mary Jane McNeill April 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

Oh my!! That is AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing that info!

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Tina April 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

My husband and I are thinking about an anniversary trip to Asheville at the end of May and this is all right up our alley. Thanks so much! This is most helpful in making some decisions for us. I can’t wait to go!!

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Kelly @ Happy Wifey April 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

Amazing that you get the pups to sit still for that first photo!!!! Amazing photos <3

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Kristyn April 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hi, Amanda! Your pictures are so beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing time. Such a lovely place.

I also had a quick question. Do you use a tripod? If so, which?

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Amanda April 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

I use a 60″ Targus tripod from Walmart :)

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Emily @ LaForce Be With You April 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

Great pictures! We spent a wonderful weekend in Asheville last year… luckily it’s only 2 hour away from Charlotte :) When you go back make sure to check out Salsa’s – amazing fresh mexican/puerto rican food and it’s right downtown. Can’t wait to eat there again!

Also if you are into ziplining, Navitat is an awesome experience – it was my first real zipline and we had a blast! We didn’t do the waterfalls so we will have to do that next time!

I did a post about our weekend here: http://www.laforcebewithyou.com/2012/09/asheville-cabin-weekend.html

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker April 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

Very beautiful pictures!!

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Carla @ Carlas Confections April 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Beautiful waterfalls! And as always, love the photos you take :D

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Maria April 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Great photos!! Glad you were able to bring the doggies:)

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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet April 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

We are two hours from Asheville and my kids are so wanting to go see those falls!!!

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Jenn Maddox April 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Hotel Indigo!!
I had both my wheaten terriers with me when I went away for my birthday weekend. The hotel staff was amazing and soooo hospitable to us, but even more so to our dogs!
Amazing pics too! I stood under triple falls and I can’t believe how much water was flowing while you were there.

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria April 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Gorgeous! I want to drive there on an adventurous road trip (from SLC). That’ll be worth the drive!

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Lindsey April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I love Asheville! It is such a wonderful town. The next time you go back you must eat at Sunny Pointe. It is in the west part of town only a few minutes from downtown. They have the best brunch. There always seems to be a wait, but it is so worth it. You must get the candied bacon! It is divine.

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I hear Asheville is a pretty awesome place! :) Glad you guys enjoyed your visit!

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Angela Evans April 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful! Because of this post we are planning to go there Mid May :) We are trying to decide between staying at Hotel Indigo or The Residences at Biltmore. We have 3 kids and a dog so space and a full fridge would be nice :) I love that you can walk to everywhere from Indigo. We will most definitely be going to DuPont State Park. Our kids LOVE The Hunger Games. Thanks for all the links :)

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch April 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

How much fun it looks like you, Kevin and the pups had!!! Asheville is a gorgeous place – just like so many places in North Carolina! Awesome pics of the waterfalls – makes me want to go there – like now!

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Jaclyn April 28, 2013 at 12:09 am

Gorgeous photos! You really should write a book about photography, I would totally buy it :)!

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Jane Wood April 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

If your into the Hunger Games.. make a trip on I-40 heading east from Asheville to exit 119 Henry River Mill that is where the filming was done for District 12. Its a old ghost town.. well with the trip.
Stop in Morganton and get a District 12 T-shirt… there is a beautiful waterfall not far from there. easy walk to get there.
I have a home in Old Fort, so I”m up here all the time… so many things to do in that area of North Carolina.

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Kristi May 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and just wanted to say how much I enjoy all the travel posts. My husband and I are moving to Charlotte in July and now we have a few weekend trips to put on the calendar. Thanks!

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