Dry Falls 7-26-09
10-2-12 - Dry Falls has reopened after being closed all summer for improvements to the trail leading from the parking area to the waterfall. Other badly needed improvements were made a couple of years previous to this. The parking area was built up and is almost level with Hwy 64. There are now 25 parking spots - 4 are handicap parking only. There are also his and hers pit toilets in a small building, but no sink or running water to wash your hands. I think the biggest improvement was a wheelchair accessible viewing area was added. The photo above is from that area. It's also perfect for anyone who is just not able to make it down the stairs for a closer view of the falls. This waterfall is kid friendly, but keep a close eye on them at all times!
Directions: Coming from Highlands, take Hwy 64 west for just over 3 miles from it's intersection with Hwy 106. Pass or stop at Bridal Veil Falls, then look for a brown and white forest service sign for Dry Falls and turn left into the parking area. If you miss the 1st turn into the parking area, you can take the next one on the left. If you are coming from Franklin, Dry Falls is about 5.5 miles past Cullasaja Falls. There's a Forest Service sign coming from this way also. Both waterfalls are on the Cullasaja River
The steps down to the falls are at the west end of the parking area at the entrance to the wheelchair accessible area. Everything below the parking area is basically the same as it was. The walkway needs help, so watch your step. You can walk behind this 70-80' falls! The path is maybe about 30 ft below the top of the falls and it seems like it's a longer way down to the river below than to the top. You may be able to see a rainbow if you and the sun are in the right position. The spray from the falls may get you wet when you walk behind it, so have somewhere to hide your camera or anything you don't want to get wet.
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