Dry Falls

Update 7/2/2020: Dry Falls will reopen on Saturday July 4, 2020. Restroom facilities are closed. Portable toilets will be available at this site for visitor use.

Dry Falls is a legendary day use destination, popular for more than 80 years. A newly-constructed accessible overlook provides impressive view of the 80 foot waterfall. The CCC-constructed 1/2-mile trail provides a unique experience, taking visitors into a natural grotto behind the waterfall. The newly-expanded parking area, one of the few stops in winding Cullasaja River Gorge, offers trash cans, picnic tables, and visitor information. The site is popular year round: between March and November, the observation area and trail are bustling with visitors; during the winter months visitors enjoy the views of the often-frozen waterfall and icicles.


Visitors can walk right behind the falls without getting wet. 

Other Info

Hours: Dawn until dusk, year-round.
Picnic tables: No
Restrooms: No
Fee: There is no fee at this site, but donations are greatly appreciated and accepted on site.
Camping: No
Where to find the best views: Just about anywhere on the Dry Falls path affords a great view. Please do not go beyond the path or railing. You can see the falls from in front, behind, or the side, allowing for excellent photograph opportunities.
Dry Falls experiences extremely high visitor volume during the middle of the day. It is recommended that visitors plan their visit for the morning or evening hours. 

How to get There

Dry Falls is located on U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands.


Here is what it looks like to see the world through a waterfall! Photo by Megan Mulloy