What are the best photo hikes in the Southeast?

I live in the Southeast and I’m a pretty good amateur photographer. What are some of the most amazing, camera-worthy hikes in my neck of the woods?

Mar 2, 2012
Outside Magazine
Hooker Falls, DuPont State Forest

Hooker Falls, DuPont State Forest    Photo: Dave Allen Photography/Shutterstock


DuPont State Forest, North Carolina
When the makers of The Hunger Games were looking for an otherworldly wooded landscape where they could film their movie, they came to the 10,000-acre DuPont State Forest. Located about 40 minutes west of Asheville, the park is one of the top mountain biking destinations in the Southeast. It also just might be the region's most picturesque state preserve, thanks to its magnificent waterfalls and swimming holes. Park at the Hooker Falls lot, and you’ll have easy hiking access to some of the park’s choicest sites. The Friends of DuPont Forest offers a map of waterfall hikes here.