Quarry Falls

Quarry Falls

A shallow drop, somewhere between whitewater rapids and a sliding fall. The main feature here is the big pool at the falls' base which is heavily used for swimming. The falls is roadside and there is ample parking at the old quarry across the street which gives the falls its name.

Please note, strong currents and underwater obstacles have claimed several lives at this falls. Use extreme caution if you choose to enter the water here.


  • Height: 20 ft
  • Elevation: 2825 ft
  • Stream: Cullasaja River
  • Landowner: Nantahala National Forest
  • GPS: 35.092839, -83.2663


Driving Directions

From the intersection of US Hwy. 64 and NC Hwy. 28 in Highlands, drive 6.7 miles West on 64 to the falls. You can park at the old quarry (a large pull-off and gravel lot on the right where you can get completely off the road), or there is narrow parking alongside US 64 just below the falls past the quarry.

If you're coming from the west, it's 10.3 miles East on 64 from the US 64/US 441 Bypass junction in Franklin, NC, and the quarry parking will be just past the falls.