The Waterfall Byway Along the Cullasaja River Gorge

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State: North Carolina
Date Submitted: May 1, 2000
Submitted by: Anonymous
Motorcycle Road Length: 19 Miles

Written Directions

Keep in mind that the entire area surrounding this road is a motorcyclist's paradise. Once you try this road, you'll easily find more unbelievable motorcycle roads in the area. Start your run in the town of Franklin North Carolina (its in the far west southern corner of North Carolina ... about 25 miles south of The Great Smokey Mountains National Park). Take 64 south from Franklin all the way down to the town of Highlands (just north of the Georgia/North Carolina border). YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS ROAD!!!


This road is a short but sweet 19 mile path through the great Smokey Mountains. Along this road you will see a beautiful river gorge that has carved its way through some of the Smokey Mountains. The road passes by and through over ten beautiful waterfalls and is the reason it is known as the 'Waterfall Byway'. You'll be able to see the Cullasaja Falls that dive over 300 feet in elevation along about a half of a mile of river. It gives you a great view of the Cullasaja River and its gorge, Lake Sequoyah and as the huge Smokey Mountains.

Road Quality  

The motorcycle road qualities of this road are fantastic. It starts out pretty tame as it passes through some gentile rolling farm country but after a few miles it starts climbing into Higdon Mountain. The road parallels the path of the Cullasaja Gorge. As the road slithers around the mountains, it becomes more narrow and curving. However, keep in mind that, for those who like to have the road all to yourself, unfortunately crowds can be a problem in this popular North Carolina resort area.

Roadside Amenities  

The town of Franklin calls itself the 'Gem Capital of the World' because of the local ruby, garnet and sapphire mines. The highlight of this road is Dry Falls. Here you can take a trail UNDER THE 75 FOOT WATERFALL. At Bridal Veil Falls dive 120 feet. Recently US 64 has been developed and rerouted to go around the falls. Yet a portion of the older US 64 remains and still travels under the falls themselves. The road ends in the town of Highlands North Carolina. This is the highest town in North Carolina sitting at 4,118 ft. It is has extremely lush and green surroundings due to the fact that it is also North Carolina's wettest town. In Highlands you will find tons of B&Bs, shops, and art galleries as well as restaurants. This town is a popular tourism center.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Visit North Carolina web site. 1999-2007

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Reviewed by Guest on May 21, 2012
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motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Honda Shadow
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Even in the rain it's a great road, the waterfalls were beautiful! Highlands Smokehouse for lunch... and then you twist a little, squiggle a little, and curve, curve, curve some more!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 27, 2011
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Creator: Steve
motorcycle_year: 1983
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Yes! Great Rd. Rode w/ my 17 Y.O. daughter (beginner - she loved it) We went from Highlands to Franklin which is down. The dry falls area has been improved. Good eats in Highlands at Pescado's or get a big burger at the market. Blue Ridge Roadhouse ( I think) is the place in Franklin. LoneStar style w/ friendly staff and good food. Can't seem to add pix at this time.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 1, 2010
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Creator: Andy
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Took State Rt. 28 (runs concurrently with 64 in this stretch) from Deal's Gap to Franklin, Franklin to Highlands and beyond to Seneca,SC. Great ride with lots of curves, beautiful scenery, curves, watefalls, great small towns, and more curves. This section through the Cullasaja Gorge is the best part of this great ride. The highlight of a 5 day, 8 state ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on June 27, 2009
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Creator: Suzanne
motorcycle_year: 1985
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: This is my husbands favorite road. We always stay in Franklin, NC and ride 64 at least once when we go. My husband drives and I sightsee from the back of the bike. Lots of curves and beautiful water to look at almost all of the way. Numerous places to pull off & you can climb down to the river. They are also constructing a large pull off with picnic tables, ect not far from Highlands. We were there last weekend and it looks like they may have if finished before the end of summer. Nice place for a picnic lunch and lots of good photos. 64 is definitely worth the ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on June 18, 2008
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motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
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Reviewed by Guest on May 7, 2008
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Creator: patrick flanagan
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: road this on 5/1/08 the dry falls were closed but the bridal falls were open an that is the one you can drive under it is a very nice experience an some nice roaling roads and there are some very nice water falls on this road. We stayed on hwy 64 east an stoped at highlands cafe on the outside of town an they have a good rouben. an we cut back up 276 north this is a very nice road also but I'm sure you could pick any road in this area and have a plesant ride.
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