Cullasaja River Gorge, Highlands

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The Cullasaja River is a short river located entirely in Macon County, North Carolina. It is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River (and in turn the Tennessee River, Ohio River and Mississippi River), into which it flows near the county seat of Franklin. It originates to the southeast, near Highlands, the county's only other town. It flows from manmade Lake Sequoyah, which is fed by Mirror Lake and other creeks and streams originating on the western side of the Eastern Continental Divide, which runs through the east side of Highlands.A two-lane highway called Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, which is the combined route of U.S. 64 and NC 28, runs through the Cullasaja Gorge, which is mostly protected as part of the Nantahala National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has designated this to be a National Scenic Byway because of the river, and its numerous waterfalls, including:
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  • This drive is on a narrow road but the scenery is nice. There are a couple waterfalls and several places to pull off and enjoy the beauty of nature.  more »
  • The Pictures Were Prettier Than The Falls However It Was Beautiful The Better Falls Are Before You Get Here However You Will Miss Them If You’re Not Careful. The Road Requires A Throw Up Bag (Its The ...  more »
  • As we drove north we found an active parking lot, and we’re compelled to stop. We didn’t need to walk far to see and hear these spectacular falls.  more »

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