Dry Falls


Dry Falls is located along the Mountain Scenic By-Way (Hwy 64 between Franklin and Highlands) in the Cullasaja Gorge. Dry Falls is a 75-foot waterfall. From the parking area venture out the accessible walkway for a beautiful view of overlooking the falls or follow the trail that leads you right behind the waterfall.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Fees $3/vehicle fee, $15 annual pass (usable at Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain, and Whitewater Falls)
Open Season: year round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Waterfalls can be fatal attractions. Wet rocks are slick, and a slip above a waterfall can be fatal. Stay on the designated trail. Avoid shortcuts, climbing on the rocks or walking above the waterfall. Avoid walknig on plants near waterfalls.
Closest Towns: Highlands
Water: None
Restroom: vault
Operated By: Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734, (828)-524-6441

General Information

Directions: Dry Falls parking area is approximately 2 miles west of Highlands on Hwy 64.

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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