Explore Dry Falls, North Carolina

North Carolina Dry Falls North Carolina

Added by Matthew Koehnemann

Dry Falls is a popular waterfall located in western North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. Dry Falls is not only exceptionally beautiful, but the trail takes you safely behind the 75ft waterfall allowing you to truly take in the power of its presence.

Dry Falls is located off of Hwy. 64, which has been designated as the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, and the road does not disappoint. Hwy. 64 is a two lane road which hugs the northern side of Cullasaja Gorge, which has been carved by the Cullasaja River. Besides Dry Falls, Hwy. 64 leads you past several other waterfalls: Cullasaja Falls- which is only visible from the road; Quarry Falls- more or less a patch of glorified rapids with large boulders that are great to get out and climb on; Bridal Veil Falls- this has a small detour allowing you to drive under them. The parking lot to Dry Falls was redone in 2012, offering restrooms, a viewing platform of the falls and access to the trailhead of the short, easy hike leading down to the falls. From the parking lot, the trail descends a short distance, by way of several different sections of stairs, to the waterfall itself. The trail has several places to observe the falls and continues behind the waterfall to another area where you can see the falls from a different vantage point. Standing behind the waterfall is a truly memorable experience that allows you the humbling opportunity to be witness to the awesome power of nature.

Pack List

  • Comfortable Shoes (the trail has a tendency to be muddy)
  • Camera
  • Light Outer Layer (the falls can generate a lot of mist, causing some moisture to build on your clothes)
  • Plastic Bag for Camera (for the same reason as bringing an outer layer)
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

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0.3 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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7 months ago

Walk Behind The Falls

A great waterfall to visit with the family! Just a short walk down gets you to the falls quick. Fun to go behind the massive waterfall...you really stay dry besides the mist. Photo opportunities from different viewpoints of the falls as well.

7 months ago

Added by Matthew Koehnemann

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