A 61-mile paved route that winds through some of the most spectacular country in the Nantahala National Forest, including multiple waterfalls, a roaring whitewater river, and tremendous mountaintop views. This drive follows an official USDA Forest Service National Scenic Byway. Its name—the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway—is appropriate but understated. Few, if any, other routes in North Carolina go so close to as many large waterfalls and rushing whitewater rivers and streams. To add a little variety, this drive also climbs to the top of a high peak for excellent views of southwestern North Carolina.
Special attractions: Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala River and Gorge, Cullasaja Gorge, Glen Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Cullasaja Falls, Camp Branch Falls, Wayah Bald Fire Tower, historic Wilson Lick Ranger Station, Nantahala Lake, Appalachian Trail, Bartram Trail, whitewater rafting and kayaking, hiking, fishing, boating, fall colors, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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