Cullasaja Falls

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Cullasaja Falls
Cullasaja Falls in the fall
LocationMacon County, North Carolina
Coordinates35°06′59″N 83°16′10″W / 35.116397°N 83.269527°W / 35.116397; -83.269527
Total height200 ft (61.0 m) - Disputed (see Geology Section)

Cullasaja Falls (/ˌkləˈsə/)[1] is a waterfall in southwestern North Carolina. The waterfall is located on the Cullasaja River in the Nantahala National Forest and is part of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway. Cullasaja comes from a Cherokee word meaning "honey locust place".


The falls is the last major waterfall on the Cullasaja River.[2] The falls is a long cascade over the course of 0.2 miles (.3 km).

The height of the falls is given as 200 ft (61 m) in Kevin Adams' book, North Carolina Waterfalls[2] and 250 ft (77.1 m) by[3] However, Google Earth gives a height (based on the elevation of the water at the top of the falls and the elevation of the plunge pool at the bottom of the falls) of 137 ft (42 m).

Visiting the falls[edit]

It is easy to catch a glimpse of the falls while driving by; however, getting a better view of the falls is not easy. The falls are located beside of a series of blind curves on U.S. 64, with sheer rock cliffs above and below the road. There is only one small pull-off near the falls, but walking on the road puts visitors in danger of being hit by a passing vehicle.


Though difficult to reach, some use the falls as a place for leisure activities such as swimming (in the pool below) or rappelling.

Cullasaja Falls during a period of very high flow

Nearby falls[edit]


  1. ^ Talk Like A Tarheel, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  2. ^ a b Adams, Kevin (2005). North Carolina Waterfalls. John F. Blair. p. 470. ISBN 0-89587-320-6.
  3. ^

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