Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Visit Waterfalls

Our luxury NC cabin is located just off the 61 mile Mountain Water Scenic Byway.  You can drive the westbound route through the Nantahala Gorge or the eastbound route through the Cullasaja Gorge.

Cullasaja Falls  The Cullasaja Gorge has been named one of NationalGeographic’s 50 Drives of  Lifetime.  As mentioned on our Scenic Drives page, this 18-mile stretch of U.S. 64 through the Cullasaja Gorge is absolutely breathtaking and begins 2 minutes from the cabins!    After about 7 miles, the first major waterfall you will encounter is Cullasaja Falls. At 250 feet high, this is the largest and most spectacular falls on the Cullasaja River.    

Quarry Falls aka Bust Your Butt Falls  Traveling a few minutes further up the Cullasaja River is Bust Your Butt Falls,  a popular swimming hole and plunge pool.  

Dry Falls   As you travel further on the Gorge you’ll come to spectacular Dry Falls.  You can take the steps down to the falls and walk behind the  roaring waterfall and not get wet. Although on days when the water flow is heavy, you’ll be misted. Either way, walking behind the falls is great fun!  Great photo op!

Bridal Veil Falls  Continuing up the Gorge less than a mile past Dry Falls is Bridal Veil Falls.   There’s a curved pullover and certain times, when safe, you can drive under the falls.   

Whitewater Falls  This is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, falling 811 ft.  This famous scenic waterfall is located near Cashiers.  The walkway begins at the end of the parking lot to the upper deck. The best views of the falls are from the two overlook decks.  A lower overlook is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps. More energetic hikers can continue down the half-mile spur trail  that drops 600 feet in elevation to the Whitewater River and Foothills Trail. 

Rufus Morgan Falls This 50-foot waterfall emerges from a hike through natural fauna with rhododendron and wildflowers.  It’s a 1 mile loop with several small water crossings.  Rufus Morgan was a longtime Appalachian Trail volunteer, and the trail to the falls is reminiscent of many portions of the AT in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The beautiful trail ascends (sometimes steeply) for most of its way to the falls.

We love waterfalls and many, many other mountain waterfalls await for you to discover… Glen Falls, Secret Falls, Mooney Falls, Big Laurel Falls to name just a few.  We’ve provided more details and maps at the cabins.