Dry Falls flows on the Cullasaja River through the Nantahala National Forest. It is part of a series of waterfalls on a 8.7-mile (14 km) stretch of the river that eventually ends with Cullasaja Falls. In the narrow and deep Cullasaja Gorge, the Cullasaja River rushes and drops in a series of cascades and waterfalls to the Tennessee River near Franklin. A two-lane highway called Mountain Waters Scenic Byway, which is the combined route of U.S. 64 and NC 28, runs through the Cullasaja Gorge, which is mostly protected as part of the Nantahala National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service has designated this to be a National Scenic Byway because of the river, and its numerous waterfalls. The highway clings to the north bank of the Cullasaja River. Though the road is narrow and the curves are frequent and sharp, it can be a fun and beautiful drive. There are many places to pull off, get out and enjoy the views of the river.
Less than a mile away from Dry Falls, drive behind Bridal Veil Falls. Also nearby are Glen Falls, Quarry Falls (Bust-Yer-Butt Falls) and Cullasaja Falls. Read more about these in our Highlands & Cashiers Waterfalls Guide. And for more waterfalls in the Asheville area, see our Waterfalls Guide.
Fall peak color in this area is usually the second week of October. See more on our Fall Foliage Guide.