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Dry Falls
#1 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Fun! Just park and walk down to a really gorgeous waterfall you can walk under!
We always stop...because the park service has made it so easy to get out of your car and do the walking trail to the falls...they are super cool and a must-do.
Glen Falls
#2 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Nature is Awesome
Free roadside park with amazing waterfalls.
Cullasaja River Gorge
#3 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
You can enjoy this most gorgeous scenic drive and park in several parking areas to take photos of the stunning waterfall.
The Beauty of Nature is overwhelming in this area; simply gorgeous!
Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens
#4 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
A really cool nature center with beautiful gardens and peaceful walking paths.
This natural forest garden extends behind the Nature Center with its informative exhibits.
Sunset Rock and Ravenel Park
#5 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Begin by either hiking up the trail by parking across from the Nature Center or drive up the narrow one-lane roadway.
Take a picnic and enjoy the picnic areas at the Nature Center.
Cullasaja Falls
#6 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Whether you are a nature lover or not, the Highlands drive and Cullasaja Falls is a MUST do.
The pull offs to park are small.
Bridal Veil Falls
#7 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
The Bridal Veil Falls are great because you can drive under the falls and you can park and make a short walk to see them.
Located in Nantahala National Park on Hwy 64 just outside of Highlands NC, this falls at one time had the distinction of being the only falls in NC which you could drive behind.
Cliffside Lake Recreation Area
#8 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
And feel free to use the bathrooms - they are really nice for a park!
Bust Your Butt Falls
#9 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
It is so relaxing to sit there and contemplate nature.
Secret Falls
#10 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
We ended up hiking at Secret Falls after a nearby national park was closed due to Hurricane Floyd.
Whiteside Mountain
#11 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Highlands Plateau Greenway
#12 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands
Lower Satulah Falls
#13 of 13 Nature & Parks in Highlands