Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Nantahala National Forest, NC

Today we are sightseeing and shooting pictures on scenic route US 64 in North Carolina through the Nantahala National Forest. This Mountain Waters Scenic Byway features the many waterfalls of the Hiwassee River.

The largest of four National forests in NC and encompassing over 1/2 million acres the Nantahala National Forest features Lone Bald Mountain towering over a mile above sea level at 5800 feet, scenic rivers and creeks with gorgeous waterfalls that present wonderful photographic opportunities. It's also a popular destination with tourists offering many recreational activities for visitors to participate in. is a Cherokee Indian word meaning "land of the noon day sun" because the river gorge is so deep sun only shines there mid-day.

Note: All blog photos shot by Jack and flowski on location 10/06/09.

Highlands NC Dam Waterfall

Flowing on a tributary of the Cullasaja River, 45 foot Bridal Veil Falls is a popular waterfall being that it's the only waterfall in the state you can drive behind.

It is located in the Nantahala National Forest, NC

Coordinates: 35°04′20″N 83°13′44″W / 35.072175°N 83.228965°W

You can drive your car under Bridal Veil Falls in North Carolina.

Dry Falls Trail head - Work is complete and Dry Falls is OPEN! After a 2 year renovation project Dry falls is once again open to the public. FYI It's only a short hike down the moderately steep trail to the falls.

The stairs leading down to Dry Falls.

At the first glimpse of the falls on the pathway down, you realize that Dry Falls are not dry at all.

Waterfall Coordinates:
35°04′05″N 83°14′21″W / 35.068091°N 83.239067°W

The trail down to the waterfall.

A bench along the pathway to Dry Falls.

Not far down the path turn the corner and there is the 65 foot waterfall in all god's glory, right before you, it's beautiful.

Stepping down the trail takes you right to the Sixty Five Foot waterfall. Fed by the Cullasaja River Dry falls tumbles over an overhanging cliff

When I walked underneath the falls across to the other side I was dry, could that be why they named it Dry Falls! Noticed how I used a slow shutter speed on this shot to soften the look of the waterfall.

A video from behind the waterfall.

A group poses for a photo on the other side of the falls.

Walk behind the falls

Water tumbling from behind Dry Falls, NC

A little farther down the NC stream are more rapids called Quarry Falls.

North Carolinas US 64 is a very scenic drive.

Nantahala National Forest Cullasaja River Gorge



  1. oh so gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to pack up and go right now!!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to pack up and go right now!!