Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands NC

Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands NC

Bridal Veil Falls near Highlands has been famous for generations as the only waterfall in North Carolina you can drive behind. However, the section of road behind the falls is now blocked off from automobiles for safety. This allows you to walk behind and enjoy it more.

Bridal Veil Falls, NC

The 60-ft. waterfall in Nantahala National Forest doesn't have a large volume of water (unless it's right after a big rain), making it safe and fun to stand behind. It's located right along US Highway 64 (Mountain Waters Scenic Byway & NC Waterfall Byway), 2.5 miles west of Highlands in the Cullasaja River Gorge. There's roadside parking and very accessible to all (including wheelchairs, scooters and strollers).

When the highway was originally built, all traffic went behind the falls. But there were major problems in the winter with ice and falling rocks-year round! 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 U-23/441), drive US-64 East towards Highlands for 14.5 miles.

Bridal Veil Falls
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