Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Scenic Drives, Waterfalls and Heights

On my birthday last week we took a drive to Highlands situated in the Nantalahala National Forest at 4118 feet.  It is a resort town for the Atlanta area with plenty of outdoor activies.  On the way home, we took a scenic drive along the Cullasaja River which runs between Highlands and Franklin on Highway 64 west.  The river offers waterfalls, deep pools for swimming and lots of rapids.

The first falls we got to is Bridal Veil Falls which cascades over old 64 West.  At one time (and we actually did it 15 years ago) you could drive under the falls but in 2003 a large boulder fell from the cliff above and they have roped it off for safety!

See the rainbow?

The next falls we came to was Dry Falls and they were anything but dry!  When we came thru here years ago, my husband stood under the falls and I took his photo.  Today they did not let anyone down to the trail as the water was coming over the falls too heavily.  You would get drenched walking behind them. I had to take my shots from the overlook above. The name comes from usually being able to walk behind them and stay dry!

The walkway is barely visible!

The river just roars through the gorge and at times it was very scary to look down.  The narrow two lane road  is cut into a rock cliff with just a metal guardrail between you and a serious drop of hundreds of feet.

We were looking for the final falls on the road and somehow missed the turnoff.  We turned around once out of the gorge and headed back up.  No wonder we missed the tiny overlook barely big enough for one car!  Don parked the car and stayed with it while I ran over to get a shot of the Cullasaja Falls.  The brochure warned about being very careful here and I can see why but the falls were worth it.!

Now that we have been to Highlands from our present location, we will be going back more often as it is much closer.  Just an hour and a half drive brings us to another world!


Old Kitty said...

Wonderful shots of beautiful falls!!!! What a great birthday drive - happy birthday!!!

Glad you'll visit them again soon - be interesting to see these falls throughout the seasons when you'll be able to walk that path in the Dry Falls!! Thanks for sharing these fab pics!!!

I do like your new look blog too!

Take care

Odie Langley said...

I love anywhere with water especially rapids or falls so I really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

Louvregirl said...

Excellent shots. Surely sounds like an exciting place to be!

Judy said...

What a day you had!! So many waterfalls!! Thank you for sharing!!

Donnie said...

We have been up that way many times going to my mil's when she lived in Blairsville, Ga. You captured the beautiful scenery in your photos.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I love seeing the waterfalls in that area! I've only been there in the late summer. I'm sure it's spectacular in the Spring, as well!

chubskulit said...

So relaxing and refreshing!

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☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

The place looks interesting, im sure lots of people like going there for family adventures

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Randi said...

It must have been a terrific day! I love waterfalls too.

Reflections said...

What a fabulous scenic route to be able to explore. Fantastic shots of the falls.

Maggie said...

What stunning scenery, how lucky you are to have all this beauty in your backyard.
Happy Outdoor Wednesday from Normandy.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I love the waterfalls. We didn't get up to see them last summer but plan to in August when it is so hot at the beach.
Have a good week,

EG Wow said...

What a gorgeous drive that was! Thanks for taking us along. And happy belated birthday!


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