Dry Falls is probably the most impressive waterfall in the Cullasaja River Gorge between Highlands and Franklin, NC. At 80 feet, it's very big and powerful. It is located just 3 miles west of Highlands on US-64 in Nantahala National Forest. The Forest Service has constructed some very nice amenities for this day use area in the past couple of years. There is a large parking lot just off the highway, a vault toilet, picnic benches, and a short trail leading to and under the falls. Part of this trail is handicapped accessible so even those who can't do stairs can see the beautiful waterfall. Dry Falls is named "dry" because there is a large natural grotto behind the waterfall so visitors can walk behind the falls while staying dry. Of course this depends on the water level. The pictures included in this tip were taken during very high water levels in the summer of 2013 and so I did get a bit wet walking behind the falls. Not soaked, but sprayed on a bit. But, the high water levels make the waterfall itself that much more impressive, even if it doesn't quite live up to its name. The photo opportunities here are great, because you can literally shoot from every angle possible - front, behind, and both sides - all while staying on the well-maintained trail. So if you're in the Highlands area, don't miss the opportunity to see this beautiful waterfall.
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