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Dry Falls, Highlands

(4.9/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
Unlike the name suggests, at you will see a lot of rushing water in the scenic Nantahala National Forest. The 24.4 m (80 ft) falls steam from an overhanging cliff, which you can walk under on the path and stay relatively dry. However, when it rains and the water flow is higher, you might get sprayed. Near the parking area is an observation deck where you can take in the entire waterfall. To experience the falls up close, walk the short, paved trail. Make sure to protect your camera and other electronic equipment, and consider bringing an umbrella or waterproof jacket. Admission is free and the parking area has restrooms. Using our custom trip planner, Highlands attractions like Dry Falls can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This waterfall is easily accessed with a vehicle parking lot and structured walkway. Viewing is possible with very limited walking (as per the photos), but additional walking down several sets of step...  more »
  • We didn't know about Dry Falls we were on our way to Highlands, NC for a romantic getaway with my husband and saw this beautiful water fall and had to stop. So very glad we did. We walked down to the ...  more »
  • The falls is very accessible. There is convenient parking right off the highway. You descend a few hundred feet on very well maintained stairs and then your view is unhindered. You can walk behind the...  more »