180 – Bridle Veil Falls (Highlands)

Accessibility – Roadside

Height: Approx 60′

Distance – 0.10 (out and back)

Beauty – 5

Photo rating – 6

Solitude – 2

GPS Info: LAT 35.0719 LONG -83.2289

Last updated – 04-11-2017


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Depending on your direction of travel, Bridle Veil Falls will be either the first or last stop on this section of US64. If you’re working downstream this will be your first stop and thus things will only get better from here. If coming upstream, this will provide a somewhat anti-climatic end to this stretch of highway. After the height and power of Cullasaja Falls and Dry Falls and the rustic beauty of Scadin Falls, Bridle Veil Falls is just a conveniently located waterfall. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad.

If you’re coming from HIghlands, follow US64 West 2.3 miles to the obvious parking area just after the waterfall. If you’re coming upstream from Dry Falls, the parking area is 0.9 of mile from the Dry Falls parking area. You can walk up the old roadbed to the falls and head behind. Photographically the best vantage is from behind the guardrail on the far side of US64. If heading to this vantage, keep an eye on the kids when crossing the road. Also be careful as there is a steep drop beyond the guardrail as well!

Photographically you can shoot from across the road and exclude US64. Cropping out the paved road leading under the falls is a little more challenging. There is a collection area at the base of the falls that makes a cool vantage for some pictures as well. Like all the falls except for Scadin, this one is kid-friendly. Just use caution when crossing US64.

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The old road bed running behind the falls – April 2017
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The upper slide – April 2017
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The rocks and a rainbow – April 2017
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The collection area – April 2017

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