LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Monday, November 24, 2014

Through the Cullasaja Gorge


US 64 runs the length of North Carolina, from the Tennessee mountains to the Outer Banks.  It runs through our town and some of its most beautiful areas are not far away.

Our favorite section of 64 runs from Brevard to Franklin, NC, past Cashiers and Highlands.  The route from Highlands to Franklin runs through the Cullasasa Gorge and features many waterfalls as the elevation changes.  We love to drive it in spring and fall.

The largest waterfall is called Dry Falls, although it is far from dry.  Stairs descend to the base of the falls and one can actually walk behind the waterfall if you don't mind a bit of mist.


Click to enlarge and you can see the walkway behind the falls




 Along the route are some beautiful cascade falls




 Some smaller than others


 Because we were meandering we took a different road.  Just to see where it took us.  We came upon a nursery and enjoyed the pumpkin farmer they had on display.



While we do not have the highest mountains in the country, we have the oldest and some of the most beautiful areas to appreciate.  We spend a lot of time wandering the mountain roads.  Well, except during the summers and leaf season when the tourists take over.




11 comments:

Carolina Linthead said...

Can't say for sure that I've driven every mile of 64, but I surely have driven most of it at one time or another. The above stretch is one of the most beautiful byways in America. I LOVE the pumpkin farmer!

Cheryl said...

How I envy you those waterfalls so close. I would be there every day. I love water .....especially waterfalls.
Such peaceful places.

Pumpkin farmer is great......

Ms. A said...

Beautiful area! You are blessed to live so close!

robin andrea said...

It is so beautiful there. Love when you take a mountain road and bring your camera or ipod.

Barb said...

I just love waterfalls and walking behind one is so energizing! You live in a beautiful part of the country, Caroline. I hope you and your Family have a very happy Thanksgiving. (Will Lucy get just a tiny piece of turkey?)

Miley's Daily Scoop said...

What a beautiful area! Wished we lived close to a waterfall like that! Thanks for sharing!

Arkansas Patti said...

I have always wanted to walk behind a waterfall. Maybe someday. What a beautiful area you get to enjoy without a lot of effort.

The Bug said...

Ha! Love that farmer! And I'm feeling nostalgic for my mountains...

Vicki Lane said...

How beautiful! I need to get out and drive around more.

Betsy Adams said...

I love that drive, Carolyn ---and wasn't it neat that you saw the Pumpkin Display??? How special....

Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs,
Betsy

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Cheryl - While these particular waterfalls are not in our county, we do have so many of them that our county is called, "Land of the Waterfalls."

Barb - Alas, Lucy did not get any turkey. But she did get some freeze-dried sweet potato treats.

Patti - We have several waterfalls one can walk behind, but this one is the best.

Betsy - Yes, we find some really neat things when we decide to just go where the road leads us.