Cullasaja Falls, Highlands

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Cullasaja Falls is a waterfall in southwestern North Carolina. The waterfall is located on the Cullasaja River in the Nantahala National Forest and is part of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. Cullasaja comes from a Cherokee word meaning "honey locust place".GeologyThe falls is the last major waterfall on the Cullasaja River. The falls is a long cascade over the course of 0.2 miles (.3 km).The height of the falls is given as 200 ft (61 m) in Kevin Adams' book, North Carolina Waterfalls and 250 ft (77.1 m) by NCWaterfalls.com. However, Google Earth gives a height (based on the elevation of the water at the top of the falls and the elevation of the plunge pool at the bottom of the falls) of 137 ft (42 m).Visiting the fallsIt is easy to catch a glimpse of the falls while driving by; however, getting a better view of the falls is not easy. The falls are located beside of a series of blind curves on U.S. 64, with sheer rock cliffs above and below the road. There is only one small pull-off near the falls, but walking on the road puts visitors in danger of being hit by a passing vehicle.ActivitiesThough difficult to reach, some use the falls as a place for leisure activities such as swimming (in the pool below) or rappelling.
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  • If you enjoy the tranquil beauty of picturesque waterfalls, US Highway 64 between Highlands and Franklin has a “grand slam” of cascades sure to please. Best of all, each of the four falls has somethin...  more »
  • This is a great waterfall to see from the road. Many people have been hurt climbing in and out of the gorge surrounding the falls - and some have even died. I have been to the bottom - trust me, the b...  more »
  • This is a series of beautiful, spectacular waterfalls you can view and photograph easily from your car in the pull off parking spots on 64 north of Highlands, NC that don’t require any hiking. The fal...  more »
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  • Beautiful waterfall, we didn't even attempt to descend to it though. Enjoyed from the lookout.
  • This place was really cool. The hike was really hard though and had it’s sketchy moments. Well worth the effort though!
  • The largest falls in this series of 4 along route 64. No real trail so bring good shoes and should be in good shape.
  • Beautiful falls ....needs better access to bottom
  • Absolutely breathtaking
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