| Places of Interest - Waterfalls || |
There are many beautiful waterfalls in Western North Carolina and
the surrounding region. The most spectacular falls are located in
the Highlands/Cashiers area. Literally hundreds of impressive falls
lace this territory. The Town of Highlands itself has an average
elevation of over 4100 feet and is the highest incorporated town
in the eastern United States. Caution should be exercised in viewing
many of these falls, as the rocks
can be wet and slippery and the footing can be treacherous.
A listing of some of
the falls follows:
This is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi at 411
feet in height. It drops in a series of cascades making it the most
impressive waterfallin the region. The falls are located on NC Highway
1149, approximately 9 miles south of Sapphire, NC..
This is a cascading waterfall located 2.3 miles south of Highlands
on US 28. It is easily visible from the highway in your car. Just
1.2 miles further south is the Lower Satullah Falls. Look for the
gravel pull-off to the right for a view of this lovely waterfall.
of Highway 64, 2.5 miles northwest of Highlands, this falls consists
of a series of 18 small cascades, along a ¼ mile stretch of the
road, just below the Sequoyah Lake Dam. Footing in this area is
treacherous, as you must climb down a steep bank to view the cascades
from the river's edge. Care should be exercised.
Bridal Veils Falls
falls is one of the most popular in the region, primarily due to
its accessibility. It can be viewed on Highway 64 heading from Highlands
towards Franklin, NC. You can walk or drive your car under this
cascade. (Be sure not to miss this photo opportunity.)
This is another "must see attraction". Like Bridal Veil Falls, you
walk under and behind this cascade - touching, smelling and tasting
the water (although barely getting wet). This falls, however,
is much more powerful and thunderous than its neighbor. It is located
just 3.3 miles from Highlands on Highway 64 west.
Lower Callasaja Falls
this falls is one of the most picturesque cascades in North Carolina.
Situated in the steep, spectacular Callasaja River Gorge, the river
plunges over 250 feet. It is located 7 miles from Highlands and
can be viewed along Highway 64 west of downtown. Caution should be exercised in parking your
car along this stretch of the highway.
Glens Falls is located off a dirt road marked by a USFS sign, 3
miles south of Highlands on NC 106. This falls is comprised of a
series of 3 large cascades, dropping over 60 feet each on the east
fork of Overflow Creek in the Blue Ridge Valley Area. The 1-mile
footpath to the falls is steep and the climb back up is rugged.
This cascade is located on Highway 64 between Cashiers and Roseman.
It cascades down over 120 feet and passes under the highway. Another
Across the state line
in Georgia, there are a number of beautiful waterfalls, including
Amicalola Falls and Ana Ruby Falls. Please visit www.gastateparks.org
for more information and directions to these attractions.
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