Dry Falls, Highlands

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Large parking area. Walk is down a series of steps to the falls. One can walk behind the falls on a path with a guard rail. It is of course very wet and misty. The falls are beautiful and very cool to...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This was a very easy hike down to a cool waterfall. You are able to walk behind the falls and around the opposite side. It is a paved path all the way to the falls and well maintained. Thank you fores...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    What a beautiful experience! It also has a handicapped area for people who can not trek up and down the stairs.  more »

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