Dry Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily 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 walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.4 miElevation gain72 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestPartially pavedRiverWaterfallWildflowersFee
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The main trail goes behind the Dry Falls waterfall. You will get wet. Accessibility: There are 2 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of Highway 64 at the south end of the trail. Both of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. There are wheelchair-accessible restrooms at the trailhead. The trail surface is pavement or gravel (with railings near steep drop-offs), and typically at least 4 feet wide. The most accessible portion of the trail is the viewing platform to the east of the main trail. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for steep and very steep (over 8%) downhill sections after about 0.1 miles when going west from the viewing platform. Trail goers/hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections and stairs or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved areas.

Parking and restrooms.

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Shawna Byrne
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Spectacular! Well worth the short walk!

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George Bearden
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Hiking

Wonderful falls very near the road. This parking area and trail are well maintained by the USFS and well worth stopping for. The walk behind the falls is fantastic.

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Matt Geiger
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Easy walk for an impressive view.

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Alli B
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HikingGreat!

Super easy steps and a paved walkway down to the falls. The parking lot fills quickly but also empties quickly due to it being such a quick experience. Pretty cool to walk behind the falls! Definitely a good place to check out.

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Daniel Banks
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Impressive waterfall, especially on a rainy day or immediately following rain. Very cool to walk behind the falls. Incredible reward to effort ratio on this hike, given that you will walk less than 1/2 a mile in and out.

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Corbett Reinbold
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HikingGreat!

Whats more fun then taking the family under a waterfall, worth the trip!

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Toni Sandlin
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Awesome waterfall

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Bill Scott
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Amazing experience with the water rushing over and around you. Moderate hike that can be slippery with a number of steps

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Ryan Green
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Hiking

Easy hike where you go under a waterfall.

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Amanda Stapleton-Lunsford
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Loved it!! Breathtaking!!

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Torie Vidrine
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The water was FLOWING! Loved the boardwalk that runs behind the waterfall. Be prepared to get sprayed with water if it’s flowing as heavily as it was today.

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Mike Geisler
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Amazing , right off the Road and we went after a huge rain storm , you can walk behind the falls and reminded me of Niagara Falls on the American side

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Amanda Geisler
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WalkingFeeGreat!

Beautiful walkway behind the waterfall, nice short walk down from the road!

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Dan Ward
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Awesome!

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Kathryn Watson
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Wonderful and wet

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AllTrails User
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scenic views of the mountains

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Joe Boykin
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Jim Graham
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It was fun to go under the waterfall. You will get wet some. It is a short hike and worth the stop.

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James Hall
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N Lees
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WalkingGreat!

super easy and short. great views of the falls. fun for kiddos since you can walk under/behind the falls and get wet.

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Richie Mohabir
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Chris Lane
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Lauren Zatto
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Short paved walkway with steps leading down to a huge beautiful waterfall. You can walk behind the waterfall too :)

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Maegan White
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HikingGreat!

It was freezing behind the falls on Saturday but so beautiful! Even had a rainbow

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Wendy Horne
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Alone in the woods
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WalkingGreat!

Epic view easy walk mostly steps. You will get wet slightly walking under the waterfall. Hard to find parking but if you keep circling you’ll find a spot because the trail is super quick to see and leave.

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Kalia Cha
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It’s not a hike, but a walk. Just be careful during this time of year, winter, as puddles are actually frozen and it’s very slippery. Easy little L shape walk.

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