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Spectacular Waterfalls in Our NC Mountains

No visit to Franklin would be complete without visiting the area waterfalls in the NC Mountains. East of Franklin, NC, on US 64 is a deep gorge created by the Cullasaja River. Three major waterfalls grace this route: Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is one of the three main North Carolina waterfalls along this stretch. The waterfall gets its name from its resemblance to a bride’s veil—a small stream falling from above creates a 60-foot “veil” of water. Unlike the other mountain waterfalls along this route, you can actually drive right behind Bridal Veil Falls for an experience, and souvenir snapshot, of a lifetime.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls is unique among North Carolina mountain waterfalls since you can walk behind the 80 foot cascade of water. The falls flow over an overhanging bluff, and when the water flow is low, you’ll stay dry, hence the name “Dry Falls.” When the water flow is high, you’re likely to get wet! The falls features a new parking area and visitor facilities for an even more enjoyable forest experience.

Cullasaja Falls

Of the three main waterfalls in the NC Mountains along this route, Cullasaja Falls is the largest. It cascades approximately 250 feet in a stunning rush of water that you need to see to believe. Cullasaja Falls is visible from the highway but there is no designated parking area. To access waterfalls in the North Carolina Mountains like this one, look for a well-used wide space in the road to pull over and view the falls and capture some photos.

Cullasaja Falls - Waterfall WNC

Other Waterfalls to Explore

Many other mountain waterfalls dot the landscape of the Franklin, NC area. The Nantahala National Forest has some great waterfalls to be discovered, including Rufus Morgan Falls, Mooney Falls, Big Laurel Falls, and Upper Buck Creek Falls.

Note: This route is very curvy and is best suited for cars and motorcycles. Keep in mind that the road is carved out of the mountain on the edge of the gorge, so large recreational vehicles should not take this road.

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