The new year has settled in and the first week of January has come and gone. We have had a pretty volatile few weeks of weather here in Franklin and do believe that old man Winter has finally come to stick around. Some of the beneficiaries of all the rain we’ve had over the last couple of weeks are the people that flock to Highlands Road/Highway 64 between Franklin and Highlands, to view some of nature’s most awesome sights, Cullasaja Falls, Bust Your Butt Falls, Dry Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The above photo of Dry Falls on December 29th, was taken after the last bout of heavy rain we received (4-6 inches) the night before. You were definitely not staying dry if you took the walk underneath on this day!
The parking lot told the true story of this particular day, where there wasn’t an empty spot in the lot, and there were cars lined up waiting to get into the parking area.
While the crowds gathered at Dry Falls for the experience of walking under the massive amount of water, just up the road a little, there was a smaller crowd of cars and people gathering around the only waterfall you can drive under. Bridal Veil Falls. Old Highlands Road used to actually pass under the falls, until a huge rock slide and dangerous conditions made it too unsafe to continue passing traffic underneath this usually small flowing beauty.
Once the temperatures start to dip below freezing, the side drive through is closed off for the winter, but the warmer temperatures and rainfall amounts brought the cars and sightseers out by the car full. The extra water and the right time of day, even provided a little extra splash of color, as seen in the next image.
If you haven’t already, the next time you’re in Franklin, make sure you take a drive up Highlands Road/Highway 64 East and take in mother nature’s original “rock music”. There’s more incredible sights to see along our waterfall highway, which we’ll share with you as the seasons pass, but for now, we’ll leave you with this image of Upper Cullasaja Falls, with more water rushing through it than we’ve seen in a long time. Enjoy!
Images provided by Timeless Moments Imaging – Photography by Eric Haggart, who is a Franklin based fine art and portrait photographer.