Bridal Veil Falls near Highlands is the only waterfall in North Carolina that you can drive behind! The 60-foot waterfall in Nantahala National Forest doesn't have a large volume of water, making it safe and fun to drive or stand behind. And it's right along US Highway 64 (Mountain Waters Scenic Byway & NC Waterfall Byway), 2.5 miles west of Highlands in the Cullasaja River Gorge.
When the highway was originally built, all traffic went behind the falls. But there were major problems in the winter with ice! So be careful during the winter months. After heavy rain, the water flow increases.
More Waterfalls: There are many waterfalls near Highlands and Cashiers that are easily seen and enjoyed. Many of these are located along U.S. Highway 64. See other nearby waterfalls. Nearby is Dry Falls, a much bigger waterfall that you can walk behind, so you can easily enjoy both on the same trip. Glen Falls is perfect if you are looking for a great hike. Head west on US 64 for Bust Your Butt Falls swimming hole (4.5 miles) and Cullasaja Falls (6.5 miles).
Directions: From downtown Highlands at the intersection of Highways 28, drive US Highway 64 west (toward Franklin) for 2.3 miles and the parking area on your right. From Franklin (intersection of US 64 East and US 23/441), drive US 64 east towards Highlands for 14.5 miles.
Bridal Veil Falls: Autumn & Winter