Waterfall Guide to Jackson County in the Western North Carolina
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Waterfalls in Macon County in the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil FallsThis often-photographed site is 1.2 miles west of Highlands on U.S. 64. You can drive by the "veil" of water falling from 120 feet. Parking is nearby. er 3.2 miles up FR 69 to Wayah Bald. Take the short, paved trail to the historic Wayah Bald Fire Tower. The tower offers a great view of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, Tennessee and both Carolinas.

Bridal Veil Falls is unique because you can drive your car right underneath it! The water falls 120 feet from above, right over U.S. 64. It is a good place to stop on your way to Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls.

Directions: Bridal Veil is easy to find. Just look for the sign on U.S. 64, 2.5 miles east of Highlands in the Cullasaja Gorge.

Cullasaja Falls

Cullsaja FallsBig falls at 250 ft. and considered to be one of the most picturesque falls in Western North Carolina. This fall is first seen from U.S. 64/28. The falls are spectacular yes, and this strip, wavy strip of U.S. 64/28 is a pave marvel of a highway. A real hang on to your hat kind of road but well worth the drive

Directions: Located on U.S. 64-28 between Highlands and Franklin.

Lower Cullasaja Falls

The lower portion of Cullasaja Falls is a cascade of water which flows about 250 feet down. It is located on the Cullasaja River at the lower part of the Cullasaja Gorge. It is part of the Mountain Water Scenic Byway. Cullasaja Falls is only visible from your car; there is no adequate pull-off spot from the road.

Directions: Cullasaja is located off U.S. 64, 11 miles east of Franklin, 9 miles west of Highlands in the Cullasaja Gorge.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

A lot of water pours over this wide waterfall. There's a well maintained path that leads a short distance down from the parking area. The path doesn't end at the falls but travels under the falls. Its a breath taking experience to stand under the falls and watch millions of gallons of clear mountain water pour over your head and before your eyes at a height of seventy five feet.

Directions: On U.S. 64-28 four miles from Highlands.

Glen Falls

Located in the Blue Ridge Valley Area are a series of three large waterfalls, approximately 60 ft. in height and along the east fork of the Overflow Creek. The one mile foot trail down to the falls is steep with the same steepness coming back up.

Directions: Three miles south of Highlands on N. C. 106. The dirt road is marked by a USFS sign.


Many falls here. The Cullasaja River is rich in spectacular waterfalls. The Sequoyah Lake Dam is at the head waters of this series of falls. There's just 18 small falls within a quarter mile paralleling U.S. 64/28.

Directions: Located two and a half miles northwest of Highlands on U.S. 64/28 west. The Cullasaja River runs along 64/28.

Satulah Falls

This particular rush of water is actually a cascade.

Lower Satulah Falls

Also known as Clear Creek Falls, this waterfall is a high narrow drop that's visible from the overlook further down from Satulah Falls.

Directions: Two miles south of Highlands on U.S. 28.

for more information:
Western North Carolina
Nantahala Forest Service
160A Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28802

Caution: Keep in mind, waterfalls are beautiful, but they are not to be climbed on, they can be dangerous, people have been seriously injured and in some cases have lost their lives climbing on waterfalls, they are posted for a reason, so enjoy while you are there and take a photo home to remember.


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