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Waterfalls near Highlands & Cashiers, NC

Also See: Waterfall Guide | Nantahala National Forest | Asheville Hiking | Whiteside Mountain Hike | Highlands | Cashiers | Wayah Bald Lookout Tower | Shadow of Bear | Waterfall Drives & Maps | Panthertown Valley | Jackson County | Schoolhouse Falls
There are many waterfalls near Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina, that are easily seen and enjoyed. Many of these are located along US Highway 64, the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.
Dry Falls NC
Dry Falls
Walk behind this 75-foot waterfall, just a few miles from Highlands along US Highway 64.
See our Dry Falls Guide.
Glen Falls
Glen Falls
A two-mile roundtrip hike takes you to two beautiful waterfalls, near Highlands.
See our Glen Falls Guide.
Silver Run Falls, NC
Silver Run Falls
Located near Cashiers, this beautiful waterfall and swimming spot a short walk from the highway.
See our Silver Run Falls Guide.
Bridal Veil Falls NC
Bridal Veil Falls
Drive behind this unique waterfall, located between Highlands and Dry Falls.
See our Bridal Veil Falls Guide.
High Falls at Lake Glenville
High Falls (Cullowhee Falls)
See the 150-foot High Falls via a new hiking trail at Lake Glenville. On a few days each year, it becomes the most powerful waterfall in North Carolina when water is released from the upriver dam for kayakers.
See our High Falls Guide.
Bust Your Butt FallsBust Your Butt Falls
Bust Your Butt Falls / Quarry Falls
A popular swimming and sliding area along US Highway 64 is Bust Your Butt Falls (also known as Quarry Falls or Bust-Yer-Butt Falls). For added excitement, there is a "jump off" rock for diving into the chilly waters. It's 6.5 miles west of Highlands on US 64 (about 3 miles from Dry Falls). And about 10 miles from Franklin.

Cashiers Sliding Rock
Cashiers Sliding Rock
Cashiers Sliding Rock Falls is a natural waterslide, created by the Chattooga River gliding over a 10-foot high rock face with a few large potholes. It's a popular local spot during the summer because the water is quite cool. You can slide down the rock, cannonball into one of the potholes or just wade in the pool below the rock.
Directions: From the intersection of NC 107 and US 64 in Cashiers, follow NC 107 south for 1.9 miles to Whitesides Cove Road. Turn right onto Whiteside Cove Road and follow it 2.8 miles to the bridge over the Chattooga. Park and follow a short trail to the river.
Also see the other, better know Sliding Rock, near Brevard.
Cullasaja Falls
Cullasaja Falls
Cullasaja Falls can be seen from the roadside on US Highway 64, 8.8 miles west of Highlands, along a very narrow, curvy stretch of highway through the Cullasaja River Gorge. Due to the location, there is only a small pull-off along the road (on the left if you are heading west from Highlands). It's best to park when driving toward Highlands from Franklin so you are on the same side as the pull-off. There is no sign for 250-foot Cullasaja Falls, so you need to drive slow and look for pull-off. There are no trails for a better view. See our Cullasaja Falls Guilde.
Cashiers Sliding Rock
Cashiers Sliding Rock on a quiet day.

Download a map & brochure of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.

Nearby Waterfalls
Drive east on US 64 to find Whitewater Falls and Rainbow Falls.

See Waterfall Drives & Maps


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