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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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  • Right beside the road; no hiking necessary and handicapped accessible down a ramp for viewing. Can no longer go behind falls.  more »
  • Anyone can appreciate the beauty and power of these falls, whether you are 2 or 92. The park service has done a nice job with the stairs and there is an overlook to accommodate folks who can't do stai...  more »
  • Great view of falls, we walked down all the ramps and stairs only to find that we couldn't walk behind the falls like usual. Great family adventure and refreshing on a warm day. Worth the trip to see ...  more »