Dry Falls, Highlands

4.9
Unlike the name suggests, at you will see a lot of rushing water in the scenic Nantahala National Forest. The 24.4 m (80 ft) falls steam from an overhanging cliff, which you can walk under on the path and stay relatively dry. However, when it rains and the water flow is higher, you might get sprayed. Near the parking area is an observation deck where you can take in the entire waterfall. To experience the falls up close, walk the short, paved trail. Make sure to protect your camera and other electronic equipment, and consider bringing an umbrella or waterproof jacket. Admission is free and the parking area has restrooms. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Highlands using our trip planner.
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  • We visited 4 Falls on the same road in Highlands, N.C. The water never stops pouring over the falls. There are many other falls to visit in the area. To visit some of the other falls, you will need hi...  more »
  • These Falls are stunning! Nice parking area. Stairs walking down to the falls. Pretty easy to get to. Must see. These falls allow you to walk behind them and get an entirely different view. The sound ...  more »
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  • No hike, but amazing waterfall. There is a parking lot and a toilet! There is a pathway that goes behind the waterfall. There are stairs that you will need to go down. Spectacular views! Loved it and will go back.
  • Beautiful waterfall just minutes of the road. They do ask for a $3 contribution for park upkeep so make sure you have a few ones with you when you go.

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