Bridal Veil Falls, Tallulah Falls

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Bridal Veil Falls is a 45ft waterfall located in the Nantahala National Forest, northwest of Highlands, North Carolina. With a short curve of roadway located behind the falls, it has the distinction of being the only waterfall in the state that one can drive a vehicle under.
Bridal Veil Falls flows on a tributary of the Cullasaja River through the Nantahala National Forest. The falls flows over an overhanging bluff that allows visitors to walk behind the falls and remain dry when the waterflow is low. During periods of drought, the stream may nearly dry up, though visitors will get wet if the waterflow is moderate or high.
Bridal Veil Falls is located on the side of US 64 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Highlands, North Carolina. Highway 64 originally used the curve of roadway behind the falls exclusively so that all traffic went behind them; however, this caused problems with icing of the roadway during freezing weather, and Hwy. 64 has been re-routed around the front of the falls since. There is a parking area on the side of the road, where visitors can park and view the falls as well.
In 2003, a massive boulder slid off the left side of the falls, blocking that side of the drive-under completely. However, in July 2007, that boulder was removed by a local developer.
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  • It takes some physical effort to get a view of these waterfalls but you will not regret the effort. It's best to view this during higher waterflow, such as springtime or a day after heavier rain.  more »
  • You must get a free permit (100 issued each no-rain/dry-trail day, to hike the 3 miles into the gorge. The hike is difficult, crossing the river twice making your own 'path' over the terrain and throu...  more »
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  • This is so spectacular but at the same time you have to be very careful with slippery boulder rocks. You have to be in shape if you want to go down to the Gorge....period!!! Sliding Rock trail on your wait out is brutal.... seriously!! But this one in a lifetime adventure. Peace!
  • These are the only falls in NC where you can drive right up, get out of the car and walk over to see the falls. The falls are 60 ft tall and they don’t have a ton of water but they are a must see and worth the stop. The Dry Falls are just a couple minute drive down the road and those are spectacular. If you look along the roadside where the water flows through it looks like fools gold in the soil.

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