Monday, August 1, 2011

Cullasaja Falls, NC

Head west from Highlands, NC on US 64.  The small pullout is 8.8 miles from Highlands on the left.  You can see the falls from the road as you drive by.

This is a beautiful waterfall that was very hard to enjoy.  Visit it and you will see exactly what I mean.  The best view comes at a small pullout (if you can even call it that) off of a very narrow and curvy Highway 64.  There couldn't have been room for anymore than two or three cars and even after you pull of the road you are still right on top of it.

Luckily my wife was driving since of course parking was full.  So I just hopped out as she kept driving down the road where she parked at the country store a ways down and waited for me to call her after snapping photos.

I had to walk down the road a ways to even have room to set up my tripod.  The scary part was I had just enough room off the road to sit my tripod so standing behind it looking into the camera meant standing in the road.  It is kind of an unsettling feeling standing in the road in the middle of a curve where you can only wonder if something is about to come barreling around the corner right at you.  Needless to say I got a few pictures as quickly as possible and got the hell out of the road. 

From the pullout I looked for ways down the mountain towards the falls but quickly came to very steep drops.  I have no idea where you need to go or park to make your way to the base and the only good view I could find was standing in the road.

This was probably my quickest trip taking pictures of a waterfall.  It is such an awesome waterfall though that if you are going to Dry Falls it would be a shame to pass it up.  Just be extra careful here.  Even if you get dropped off getting in and out is a scary guessing game. Be quick. Any car coming up behind you wont see you stopped in the road until they come around the curve right on top of you.

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