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WATERFALLS

Sapphire Valley Resort

These three waterfalls are worth the effort. In some cases, you can drive your card right up like an old drive in theatre! Some will require a small hike and others a more moderate hike -  but all are very close to Sapphire Valley Resort

dry falls near sapphire valley resort

DRY FALLS

Dry Falls near Highlands North Carolina is one of the easiest waterfalls to visit and the only one where you can walk behind the falls.
Access: Easy
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DRY FALLS

DIRECTIONS:
Dry Falls is located on the side of U.S. Highway 64 north of Highlands, North Carolina. From downtown Highlands, take Higway 64 north toward Franklin for 3.1 miles. There is a parking area on the side of the road, where visitors can park before walking the short path with stairs to the falls.

The Forest Service recently made improvements to the parking area, which included renovation and expansion and the addition of bathroom facilities. A new walkway and overlook were also constructed adjacent to the parking area.

whitewater falls near sapphire valley

Whitewater Falls

Whitewater Falls is a series of waterfalls and cascades on the Whitewater River in North Carolina and South Carolina. Over the 3.5 mi course of the river between the two falls, the Whitewater River drops 1,500 ft.


WHITEWATER FALLS 

DIRECTIONS

Bad Creek Access to Upper Whitewater Falls is a 2.3-mile section of the trail. Much of it parallels the Whitewater River. It crosses back into North Carolina. There is net ascent of about 800 feet (200 m).
Upper Whitewater Falls to Sloan Bridge is a 5.5-mile section of the trail that crosses into North Carolina and back into South Carolina. It ends at SC Highway 107.

Bad Creek is the site of the largest hydroelectric station operated by Duke Power, a Duke Energy company. The Bad Creek site provides a trailhead for the 80-mile long Foothills Trail. Duke provides a parking area, with public phone and portajons, and a half-mile spur trail takes the hiker to the Foothills Trail. Set your navigation to Bad Creek for only a 32 minute drive from Sapphire Valley.


bridal veil falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is our ‘Drive In Theatre’ waterfall - you can drive right up to it! It is not the most dramatic but has good flow during rainy periods and is so easy so see.


What's unique about this falls is that you could once drive a car behind them! The main route of US Hwy. 64 used to pass behind the falls. However, dripping water would freeze into solid ice on the road in winter, and falling ice and rock blocking the road were common. US-64 was re-routed in front of the falls, leaving a small loop of road behind the falls for people to travel.
The danger here was effectively illustrated in December 2003 when an enormous chunk of rock fell onto the old road from above, blocking it. The road behind the falls is currently closed.

Directions

From the intersection of US Hwy. 64 and NC Hwy. 28 in Highlands, drive 2.6 miles West on 64 toward Franklin, NC  to the falls on the right.


Credits:

Dry Falls Foreground   Zhans33 - Own work CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dry_Falls2.JPG

Dry Falls Background  Jsfouche - Own work CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dry_Falls-heavy_flow.jpg

Whitewater Foreground  By Daniel Hass - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16690659 

Whitewater Backround  By Drmies - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27296168

All images cropped slighlty.

Dry Falls Content: wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_Falls_(North_Carolina)]

Whitewater: Content: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater_Falls_(North_Carolina)

Bridal Veil Falls: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-SA 3.0 US) https://www.wncwaterfalls.info/waterfall/7/Bridal_Veil_Falls Content updated, images adjusted.