Directions: From NC 106 in Highlands, drive 3.15 miles west on US 64 to a parking area on the left; Waterfall GPS: N35.06884 W-83.23869
About: Someone in the 1920s thought that you could walk behind this thundering cascade and stay dry, hence the name. Nope, there’s a constant cloud of mist that ensures you’ll get damp – after a big rain, you’ll be drenched. It’s worth it.
A mile past Bridal Veil is the strangely named Dry Falls. Don’t let the name fool you – there’s nothing even remotely arid about this roaring 75-foot deluge. It gets its name from the fact that you can walk behind its thundering cataract and remain dry (although “dry” is a relative term, you’ll almost certainly get damp from the unceasing spray). You may be able to see a rainbow if you and the sun are in the right position.
Dry Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the state, and offers an accessible walkway with a spectacular view. You can also venture down the steps to get a closer look at the waterfall and even walk behind it!
If you miss the first turn into the parking area, you can take the next one on the left. The steps down to the falls are at the west end of the parking area at the entrance to the wheelchair accessible area. The steps down to the falls are at the west end of the parking area at the entrance to the wheelchair accessible area. The walkway needs help, so watch your step.
Difficulty: There are lots of steps you must go down to get behind Dry Falls. If stairs are your Achilles heel, there are several spots at the summit that’ll allow you to take wonderful photos.