Dry Falls Trail

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Dry Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.3 miles
88 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

55 seconds ago

easy and fun to walk

7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful falls, easy access and ample parking. Definitely a must see, especially after a good rain.

9 days ago

Super short path with a great payoff. Definitely stop if you’re in Highlands.

13 days ago

Awesome waterfall

24 days ago

not really a hike but it is a gorgeous waterfall

25 days ago

Very beautiful. We saw it after (during) rainfall and the falls were huge!

26 days ago

Beautiful waterfall! One of our favorites. We stop in every time we’re in Highlands. We went again today and the water was crazy. It’s been raining for days so it was really pumping.

27 days ago

Best kind of pull off attraction to see. You will have to go down a few stairs to get to the falls. It had been raining a lot so I think the falls were a bit bigger than normal. If they were is big as they were when I was there you WILL get wet going underneath them. Very Cool!

28 days ago

Easy to access, beautiful falls!

2 months ago

short and sweat little walk. great for anyone.

3 months ago

This is the perfect little path for older visitors and very little ones who can’t do a hike and but want to see one of our waterfalls up close and walk behind it. We come a few times a year to check it out and show our visiting friends and family.

7 months ago

The path to Dry Falls is a walk with a handrail along well constructed wooden stairs and rocks. I wouldn’t consider it a hike. Dry Falls is a wonderful spot for first time visitors to the area though I often return every year for the beautiful scenery and sounds of rushing waters, especially in the springtime when the water falling is heaviest. Kids of all ages enjoy walking into the mist behind Dry Falls which hopefully you figured out is not dry.

9 months ago

Really cool to be able to walk behind the falls

9 months ago

not much of a hike, but an incredible waterfall.

10 months ago

This falls is just beautiful You can walk underneath easy to get to i've been a dozen times it's a must see

10 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall and very unique that you can walk behind the falls. Worth the road trip!

10 months ago

Easy walk. Very pretty

10 months ago

Easy trail but worth a look. Great for young kids.

11 months ago

Super cool waterfall near Highlands, NC. I've been here twice. Once, in November, the walkway behind the falls was closed. Earlier this spring, in May, the walkway was open. Totally worth getting splashed!

11 months ago

Beautiful falls,kid friendly

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The falls are beautiful, and the trail lets you walk behind them. It's not a hike, though, just stairs down to the falls and back.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Astonishing to walk under the waterfall. There is also some great plants. we saw stinging nettle, wild hydrangea, wild ginger and dandelion.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Definitely worth the visit

Monday, May 01, 2017

I came here last year (late July) with some friends. While I wouldn't consider it a hike, the view of the falls and the river is stunning. It's easily accessible (if you don't mind a lot of stairs), and it's neat being able to walk underneath the falls. We also had a dog with us (on a leash) and saw several other dogs. We went at a busier time, but the people (from young kids to people in their 60s or so) didn't distract from the view and everyone was courteous and just enjoyed the view.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Easy quick trip to walk underneath waterfall.

scenic driving
Friday, March 10, 2017

I wouldn't really call this a hike. It is a short decent via stair case to the falls below. It is a great waterfall and I'm upset to see some people only gave it 3 stars. This is most definitely a 5 star view. The ONLY downside is it's over in about 15-20 minutes. After your short walk down to the falls you have the ability to walk under it while remaining dry. This may be why it's called Dry Falls. If you in the area this is a must see and is very kid friendly.

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