The movie is based on the novel by James Fennimore Cooper. Despite the story taking place in upstate New York during the French and Indian War period in mid eighteen century, the stunning scenery in this movie was filmed mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, around Asheville.
The Green Knob Lookout on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt. Mitchell provides the panoramic views of the rolling, rugged, and tall Black Mountains range.
The Elk Pen Trail at Big Ivy area of the Pisgah National Forest, just north of Asheville near Dillingham, was built for the opening elk hunt scenes.
The last 20 minutes of the film, the centerpiece, was shot mostly at Chimney Rock Park, a private park just 25 miles outheast of the city.
Hickory Nut Falls, with 404-foot vertical drop, is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. It is the location of the fight scene in finale.
Photographer: Doug Letterman on Flickr
The 1.5 mile Skyline-Cliff Trail Loop were settings of dramatic chases and fights . Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachook pursued the Hurons up Groundhog Slide. Under Nature's Showerbath, Magua killed Uncas and threw him off the cliff in "Last of the Mohicans." Then Alice followed him down. Inspiration Point offers one of the most dramatic and unique views in the Park. Here, Hawkeye and Cora shared a romantic moment.
Other points of interest in this park: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/park/interestpoints/chimney.php
Some of the waterfalls that were used in the movie include Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and High Falls located in the DuPont State Forest, 40 miles southwes of Ashville. Another falls was Linville Falls at Linville Gorge, in the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina, about 66 miles north of Asheville.
Photographer: Princess Stand in the Rain on Flickr
Other locations include the fort built near Lake James. The brick arched bridge across the bass bond in Baltimore Garden was shot at the Biltmore Estate.