Cullasaja Falls is only safely viewed from a small roadside pullout. Even from a distance the waterfall is impressive. It’s actually a series of cascades of the Cullasaja River as it leaves the Cullasaja Gorge. It’s a beautiful area and well worth the drive.
There are probably some mountain goat trails that would get you closer but I didn’t try any. My understanding is that photography is obscured by trees and such anywhere else.
Enjoy the nice view and move on.
From the junction of U.S. 64 and NC 106 in Highlands, NC take U.S. 64 north (or west) for 8.7 miles. Traveling from Highlands the pullout is on the left side of the road and visibility is too low to safely pull across oncoming traffic. Instead, go past the pullout and make a u-turn about a half mile down the road.
I forgot to record the location of the parking area but it is approximately:
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Canopy is open so mid-day photos will have issues – just look at mine for confirmation.
Under the right conditions you can get some great photos. Fall colors will frame the waterfall quite nicely. Lower water flow and morning/evening light will also help.
A camera lens in the 50-100 mm range should work nicely.
Here you go.
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