Dry Falls Trail in NC Reopens

Published Sep 21, 2012

Grasshopper, the humble ninja, beneath a waterfall on Highway 28 north of Highlands, NC. (Photo: Robert Sutherland)

One of the prettiest stretches of road in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is Route 28 in North Carolina. That's how you get to the popular Dry Falls Trail, in the Nantahala National Forest.

The Dry Falls Trail -- which was closed in April 2012 -- will reopen on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the path will be better than ever.

"Parts of the trail degraded over the years, making it unsafe for the hundreds of visitors who enjoy the site daily during peak season," said Mike Wilkins, Nantahala District ranger. "Restoration of the trail will promote public safety, while maintaining and preserving the historic integrity of the popular recreation area."

"This is the first major work on the Dry Falls trail in more than 30 years, so I am pleased we are able to make this project a reality," said Wilkins. "When it re-opens, the facility will be a first-class attraction that visitors can enjoy for years to come."

The $466,000 project stabilized the trail, reconstructed and replaced the entire walking path and removed tripping hazards. The project also protects water quality through drainage control measures. The improvements enhance the visual appeal of the trail and make it easier to maintain.

We hope you'll be able to visit Dry Falls and enjoy the magnificent beauty of this special part of America.

Ranger Mike Wilkins on the old trail.

Dry Falls Trail is open after major repairs.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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