Dry Falls

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US 64/28 W, Highlands, NC, USA

Dry Falls Highlands Reviews

vances vances
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A Splendid Spillway Nov 28, 2014
A terrific falls in so many ways. After battling to squeeze into perilous parking places in pursuit of Cullasaja Falls, it was a treat to be greeted by a well posted turnoff into a sizable parking lot. Despite space for twenty to thirty vehicles, however, the allure of Dry Falls caused the lot to be full up. I was in no rush and just idled, waiting no more than two minutes for someone to vacate. There is a well-developed pathway down to the falls, but since this isn’t a trail head for longer hikes, rapid turnover of vehicles is a pleasant consequence.

Once you have parked, good times abound. There’s a large, modern bathroom facility available and a grate metal observation deck at the top of a stairway down to the falls. For the most part, an easy, paved walkway, with a few (somewhat) muddy spots. Dry Falls roars the entire descent and you are afforded a variety of views as you wind down several switchbacks.

At the bottom you get to walk right under the falls and it is invigorating. The rushing water and rushing sounds let you know nature is very much alive. Just be careful on a cold day - while I thoroughly enjoyed the sparkly icicles all about, I almost kicked out several times because of icy patches in the pebbled path (completely masking where it was slippery!).

It is magical underneath the tumbling water - a wonderful, noisy spectacle. The pathway extends a little ways beyond the falls on the other side to a final observation point. Which spot offers the most magnificent view? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you will need to visit this gem and decide for yourself!
Looking back to the observation de…
Last switchback cleared on the way…
Do you hear what I hear?
The chill created a winter wonderl…
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