Dry Falls, Highlands, NC

Dry Falls, NC

At 604 miles long, Hwy 64 is the longest numbered route in North Carolina and snakes through the NC mountains, by waterfalls, through gorges and some cool small towns. Beginning in Franklin, NC., the first 40 miles is part of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. This post covers the 18 mile stretch between Franklin and Highlands, an exhilerhatingly twisty ride that is both scenic and thrilling ~ if you can ride it in low traffic season!

*All pictures my own unless otherwise stated

The fifth waterfall that you will discover on this wonderfully twisty, turny road is Dry Falls. Shortly after passing by and probably stopping for a picture opportunity at Bridle Veil Falls, you will come across a small parking area to the right. If you haven’t worn you legs out on the hike to “Ranger Falls” pull on in here, park and take the short  walk way that leads you down an easy pathway with a few stairs, to the strangely named, “Dry Falls”.

Dry Falls, Highlands, NC
Dry Falls, Highlands, NC

 

They are far from dry and if you follow all the way along the path to walk behind the Falls, you will be far from dry too!

The river is fast flowing and the waters cascade over an overhanging cliff edge, allowing room to walk behind the powerful flow. If you happen along here in icy weather, which I don’t recommend for riding in, the path behind the Falls are likely to be closed for safety.

 

Dry Falls, Highlands, NC
Dry Falls, Highlands, NC

As amazing in Spring and Summer as they are in Fall, these falls alaways have a high volume of water tumbling down. Dry Falls are often mistaken for the Falls featured in the waterfall scene in the classic movie “Last of the Mohicans” but in fact that was “Bridle Veil Falls” which you passed a little further back down Hwy 64.

Dry Falls, Highlands, NC
Dry Falls, Highlands, NC

If you’re heading North and have already enjoyed the majestic “Cullasaja Falls”, the fun “Bust Your Butt Falls”, hiked to the scenic “Ranger Falls” and taken a walk behind “Bridal Veil Falls”, then just keep on heading north along Hwy 64. There is one more beautiful waterfall, “Sequoyah Lake Dam Falls”, to see before you reach the town of Highlands where you can stop off for some well deserved refreshment before taking a short ride to “Glenn Falls”, the last on this stretch of spectacularly scenic road.

 Highlands is a lovely town where you will find many places to step in and refresh yourself and some cute stores line each side of the towns central street if you wanted to take your time to browse. As a starting point, I can recommend Bucks Coffee Cafe, if you’re looking for just a coffee and a light snack, or if you are starting out early with breakfast in mind. Great coffee! If you’re looking for more of a lunch or dinner, then we always enjoy the food, atmosphere and service at the Main Street Inn, on a warm day it’s lovely to sit out on the patio and watch the world go by as you linger over a deliscious meal. We’ve never been disappointed yet!

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