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Dry Falls

The Most Popular Waterfall In The Region, Dry Falls Offers A Brand-new Visitors’ Center, Featuring A Handicapped-accessible Viewing Platform, An Upgraded Trail, Odoriferous Toilets And Free Entry.

You may be wondering why the name of this 75-foot waterfall sounds like an oxymoron. The moniker Dry Falls comes from a common game among visitors that involves stepping behind the cascade and staying dry—a near impossible feat during wetter seasons. In the past, the waterfall has gone by the names High Falls, Pitcher Falls, and Cullasaja Falls, after the river that feeds it.


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Follow the obvious paved path from the lower end of the parking area down to the falls. A new handicapped-accessible boardwalk also leads from the parking area to a viewpoint for the falls.

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3. Dispose of Waste Properly
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5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
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Heed posted warning signs indicating danger and stay on established trails.
Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the water above a waterfall. Rocks can be slippery and it’s easy to lose your balance especially with bare feet. Currents near waterfalls can be extremely swift even in areas further upstream.
Never jump off waterfalls or dive into plunge pools at the base of waterfalls. Rocks and logs can be hidden beneath the surface of the water. Often waterfall pools have swirling water or currents that can drag and keep you underwater.
Even if you have seen other people enjoy playing around waterfalls, be aware they have been lucky to escape unharmed. Waterfalls are constantly changing with varying water flows and erosion of the rocks around them. The current from one place to the next may be faster than you anticipate and the arrangement of rocks or other debris such as logs in the plunge pool is ever changing.

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