As the Cullasaja River flows through the Cullasaja Gorge, it presents the traveler with a number of very nice waterfalls, but it definitely saves the best for last in the form of the 250 foot high Cullasaja Falls.
The river takes this last long plunge as it moves out of the Gorge to flatten out into the valley below. You can get a front-on view of the entire waterfall from the roadside along US 64 8.7 miles from the intersection of US 64 and NC 106 in Highlands, NC.
You’ll be westbound on US 64 and, if you stop at some of the pulloffs before at about the 8.0 mile point, you’ll see some good cascasdes as the river gets up steam for its leap from the gorge. The trick to see Cullasaja Falls is being able to do it from the roadside. The pulloff is tiny, not well-maintained and located on a curve. You’ll be lucky if you have more than 2 feet from your car to the travel lanes of the highway. Do not take this lightly, this is dangerous. Large trucks will definitely give you a shudder when they rumble by.
This is one photo that will prove to be impressive to those familiar with the road and understand what you had to do to get the shot.