Cedar Mountain, NC
Cullasaja Falls, at 250 feet high, are the largest and most spectacular falls on the Cullasaja River. They're also the most dangerous to view. The parking pull-off on US 64 is large enough for maybe four vehicles. It is treacherously perched along a sheer cliff. The drop is more than one hundred feet to the rocky forest floor below. As of January 1, 2003, the NC transportation department had added a guardrail to keep folks from running off the edge. These falls can be viewed in all their glory right from the road. The brave can scramble down the cliff from the parking area for a closer look. Be aware, you can't see the top of the falls from the base. During the winter, Cullasaja Falls - like most other high altitude falls - freezes significantly during the winter.
Directions: From Highlands, take US 64 toward Franklin for 8.8 miles. The pull-off is on the left on the outside of a sharp curve. It is best that you go past the falls, find a place to turn around and come back so you can pull off facing the falls.
All photos © Allen Easler.