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Explore Dry Falls, North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina

based on 9 reviews



0.42 miles

Elevation Gain

95 ft

Route Type



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.

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Explore Dry Falls, North Carolina Reviews

It’s amazing after a rain storm

Beautiful falls. Great to see with children with short walk to the falls.

Parking lot sometimes gets busy but a great “hike” for anyone and everyone!

This waterfall like the many in the area is very photogenic and provides many angles for photography. Don't forget to get the behind the waterfall selfie too.

This is a great spot to stop and see a beautiful water fall with easy access. I visited during early December so a little cold and slippery closer to the fall. Requires less than 30 minutes to walk down and around the fall with time for great pictures. My father and I were the only ones there when we visited.

Easily accessible falls off Hwy 64. The walk to the falls is very easy. One of the few falls in the area where you can actually walk behind the falls.

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