This popular swimming hole and natural slide on the Cullasaja River along US Highway 64 near Highlands is also known as Quarry Falls. It's a short walk over some rocks from a couple of pull-offs for parking. For added excitement, there is a "jump off" rock for diving into the chilly waters. With all the slippery boulders, be extra careful! And check out the depth of water before diving since levels can vary depending on rainfall. The many large rocks also make a great spot for watching, picnicking and sunning.
When water is running high, it's definitely not safe to slide. But you can jump in and splash around!
It's along a very scenic stretch US Highway 64 through the Cullasaja River Gorge in the Nantahala National Forest. This section of road is also dubbed as the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway and Waterfall Byway (one of the official NC Scenic Byways). In places, you are literally driving along the edge of the cliff. So drive slowly! Other waterfalls nearby include the Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls and Cullasaja Falls.
Cullasaja means "honey locust place" in the Cherokee language. The gorge is part of the trail followed by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto in 1540.
Bust Your Butt Falls is also a great wintertime stop to enjoy a waterfall roadside.
Directions: Bust Your Fall Falls on US Highway 64 about 6.5 miles west of Highlands (and about 3 miles from Dry Falls). It's about 10 miles from Franklin (very visible on the right). There's no street address for GPS.
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