The colors of fall are beginning to show their distinctive hues in the higher elevations here in the Franklin area. Dry conditions are causing some leaves to deteriorate more rapidly and dead fall is occurring. The next series of photos were taken Thursday evening along Highway 64 East between Franklin and Highlands. As you can see, water levels are also extremely low in the Cullasaja River. If you’re looking for some early color, there are some nice views up this way right along the road.


Yellows, reds and some oranges are starting to show in higher elevations

At Dry Falls – Yellows, reds and some oranges are starting to show

Dry Falls


Dry Falls is extremely low as dry conditions continue in the area

Bust Your Butt / Quarry Falls



A color display sits roadside at Bust Your Butt Falls with Reds, Yellows, and Oranges popping brightly

Upper Cullasaja Falls Area


Early fallen leaves spice up the lower than average river decorating the rocks along the Cullasaja River

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