Dry Falls

Dry Falls

This falls is so named because you can safely walk behind them (on the fenced path) and stay dry. Presumably anyway. Although you won't get totally soaked if you don't want to, you'll get sprayed with plenty of mist and dripped on, so you won't be completely dry. But it's sure nice on a hot day!

The Cullasaja River is fairly large here as it rushes overhead. The free-fall culminates in a narrow chute into a water-filled chasm. Visit after a good rain for an especially impressive view of the wall of falling water.


  • Height: 80 ft
  • Elevation: 3320 ft
  • Stream: Cullasaja River
  • Landowner: Nantahala National Forest
  • GPS: 35.068729, -83.23896

Hike Information

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.15mi
  • Tread Condition: Paved
  • Climbing: Climbs Gently (70 ft)
  • Type: Out-and-back


GPS Directions & Map

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Driving Directions

From downtown Highlands, NC, travel about 3.5 miles West on US Hwy. 64 into the Cullasaja River Gorge (a little less than a mile past Bridal Veil Falls). The fancy new parking area is signed, on the left, with room for about 25 vehicles.

Trail Description

An impressive, fully accessible, bridge-like overlook structure now allows anyone a good view of the falls from above on a nearly level grade. It's to the right as you come out of the parking area. To the left, a a newly renovated concrete walkway winds down a few sets of steps, past some neat rock outcrops, and then behind the falls. The path changes to gravel as it goes behind the falls and ends in an overlook area on the other side. This is great for kids - sturdy fences and railings along the whole way ensure little ones can't get to any unsafe areas.