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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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  • Great, cascading waterfall road side on the highway from Franklin, NC up to Highlands. Parking is limited so visit early if you can. We climbed on the rocks, watched the waders (brrr) and took some ni...  more »
  • It is a little hard to find. As you travel out of Highland you can't see it. We had to hook a u turn and head back. It comes up as a surprise and a pull off big enough for 5-6 cars. The top half is vi...  more »
  • This is a fairly large waterfall about 8 miles from Highlands. If traveling from Highlands, go past the pull off and find a safe place around and park on the gorge side of the road. There isn't a lot ...  more »