Dry Falls


June 2014

State: North Carolina

Location: Nantahala National Forest

Height: 80

Crest: 40?

Water Source: Cullasaja River

Waypoint: 35.06806N 83.23889W

Summary: Dry Falls is a large, easily visited plunge falls on the Cullasaja River. It is the first and best of a series of 3 falls on the river along Highway 64. Definitely worth a visit.

Dry Falls is an impressive plunge falls on the Cullasaja River. It is located in Nantahala National Forest along Highway 64 about 4 miles west of Highlands North Carolina. The park service maintains a roadside park at the falls. In 2012 the facilities were greatly improved.

A paved trail leads down to, and behind the falls. The falls are named "Dry" because you can walk behind them and stay relatively dry. When the water is high the spray will still get you.

The falls is a plunge of about 60 feet followed by steep cascade of about 20 or so feet.

Nearby Falls

If you head west on Highway 64 you will find Quarry Falls in about 4 miles, and Cullasaja Falls in 8 miles. Bridal Veil Falls is a mile to the east. Silver Run Falls is 15 miles to the east. Whitewater Falls is 25 miles to the east. A dozen other significant falls can be found within a 50 mile radius.

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