Dry Falls

Dry Falls, Highlands: Address, Dry Falls Reviews: 5/5

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Following paved walkways from the parking area, you can walk directly underneath the tumbling 75-foot waterfall.
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spklosky
Bradenton, FL47 contributions
If you are going to be in Highlands anyway, the short drive to Dry Falls from Highlands is well worth it. The walkway setup at the Falls provides views of the falls from above, below and even behind! Recommend: during the leaf-viewing season in the Fall, GO EARLY. Road traffic can be heavy, and the Dry Falls parking lot is small. Be ready to pay the $3 (or so) parking fee in cash. Flatlanders: the roads to Highlands are winding, hilly, somewhat narrow and sometimes shoulderless 2-lane paved highways. Be ready to test your mountain driving skills, and be warned that locals drive a good bit faster than visitors.
Written November 6, 2020
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briantallman3
Jacksonville, FL62 contributions
Family
This waterfall was close to Highlands North Carolina off Highway 128. Parking can sometimes be a little difficult but just be patient it’s worth the wait. Once you park there are some stairs that take you down to the fall but it’s not too far. Getting closer to the fall be careful as it can be a little slippery. The fall itself is quite pretty and unique because you can actually walk behind the water and experience it that way. There is plenty of beautiful nature around. You could probably see most everything in an hour or less and plenty of photo opportunities. And it’s totally free as well so definitely nice!!
Written July 13, 2021
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David S
Asheville, NC12 contributions
After paying the $3 parking fee on the honor system, the walk to and behind this waterfall is not to be missed. The pathway is paved until you get behind the falls. It was not slippery. There are many stairs in both directions but otherwise is easy to get to and should not be missed!
Written August 14, 2022
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jessicams25
Janesville, WI42 contributions
Family
We stopped here while on vacation in NC, and although we saw many other waterfalls this was definitely our favorite! The water was pouring over the falls. It was so amazing that you could stand behind them and enjoy their absolute splendor. These are a must see!
Written March 26, 2021
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wewhynot
Salisbury, NC996 contributions
Nice waterfall that you can walk behind. For those with mobility issues, an overlook is availalbe not far from the parking area. The park is part of the US Dept. of Interior lands, so you are supposed to pay for the visit. I think it was $3.00, howewver, if you have a US parks pass it will cover the parking, Just make sure the card is showing.

I'm not to sure of how strict the enforcement was, but not many people were paying.

The walk down to the waterfall is paved with some steps. You could possibly take a wheelchair down and back up, but I proably wouldn't adviise it.

The waterfall was flowing quite nicely, much better than Bridal Veil down the road. Although it is stated on some website that you drive to and see the falls from your car, I'm not sure that is accurate. However, the falls are less than 100 yards from the parking area and is paved to the overlook at the top.

I chose not to go behind the falls, but a lot of people were taking advantage os the walk.

If you are looking for the falls, if you are driving from Highlands, the falls are on the oppostie side of the road from Bridal Veil.

A restroom facility was available, however it was closed at this time.
Written August 17, 2020
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Ron C
Gainesville, GA999 contributions
We were fortunate to find a parking spot in the small parking area. The park service has done a great job of providing a paved walkway to the falls. This falls is unique in that you can walk behind the falls. Be prepared to get a bit wet.
Written May 26, 2020
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CDatl
Atlanta, GA9 contributions
Just like the rest of Highlands, this waterfall is ridiculously packed with visitors. Cars trying to turn into the small parking area create big time traffic issues on one of the only roads leading into town and trying to turn into the lot is dangerous because of this. Highlands used to be charming, now it’s like a big cruise ship, packed with people who have no where to go but the small number of restaurants and shops. Not worth the trip.
Written August 5, 2021
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MountainGal1
Marietta, GA63 contributions
It was a short walk down to the falls and you could even walk behind it to the other side. There was also an observation spot on the parking lot level for those who couldn't take the steps. It had rained the day before and the water was rushing. Beautiful! There is a $3 parking fee.
Written April 7, 2022
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James P
Chapel Hill, NC367 contributions
There's no hiking here since the falls are very close to the parking area. We had to park on the highway due to the lack of available spaces. The small well constructed path was crammed with folks taking pictures and viewing the falls. I guess it was worth being here once but I doubt we'd return with the crowds.
Written September 2, 2021
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Hanna
6 contributions
Family
Very beautiful water fall that you can walk behind it. You will get a little wet. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Parking can be a little hard to find. The parking lot only allows so many cars. We were there less than 30 minutes. We had to pay $15, not sure if it was optional. There are restrooms.
Written July 18, 2022
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