Scenic USA - North Carolina

Dry Falls

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Dry Falls - Highlands, North Carolina

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   One of North Carolina's classic scenic byways weaves its way through the state's western mountain region, ushering sightseers passed mountain lakes, whitewater rivers and 200 waterfalls. Among the Tar Heel State's most scenic drives, the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway begins in the town of Rosman and follows U.S. Route 64 to Murphy, the Cherokee County seat.
   Just out of Highlands, the narrow highway follows the Cullasaja River and Gorge. Three roadside waterfalls quickly capture the the hearts of any waterfall fans. Dry Falls, pictured here, is an exceptional 65 foot drop in the Cullasaja River. The quizzical name Dry Falls only suggests you may walk behind the falls without getting wet. Here, springtime rains not only welcome spring flowers, but also some of the area's fastest flowing water ... ensuring those under the falls will definitely get soaked. Dry Falls Access Stairs - Nantahala National Forest, NC The U.S. Forest Service has significantly enhanced the falls parking area and walkway for visitors to explore and enjoy this waterfall. Spending nearly a half million dollars, the new access is now complete, replacing the work of the CCC nearly a century ago.
   A short distance northward is the Bridal Veil Falls where a paved road allows vehicle traffic to pass under the falls. Today, a little side trip under the Bridal Veil Falls is a familiar pasttime for locals. As U.S. Route 64 continues westward, the winding highway follows the very scenic Cullasaja Gorge. A few tight pullouts offer just enough space for one or two cars along the gorge, allowing overhead views of the Cullasaja Cascades.

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