8 Scenic Drives in North Carolina for Families

North Carolina is home to many scenic routes for families who enjoy road-tripping


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Dry Falls

Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com

Waterfall Byway

Length: 98 miles
Region: Mountains

Waterfall Byway is a 98-mile trail that follows U.S. 64 through Cashiers and Highlands. The byway, which begins in Transylvania County and ends in Cherokee County, is named for 200 waterfalls in the region, which is aptly known as “land of the waterfalls.” Viewing many of these stunning waterfalls requires long hikes, but a few of them are easily accessible.

Bridal Veil Falls near downtown Highlands is visible from your car, but you’ll want to stop and take a picture of this stunning 120-foot waterfall. Less than a mile away is Dry Falls, which requires a .25-mile, kid-friendly trek. Step onto the viewing platform that is also stroller and wheelchair accessible, and take the paved path to the waterfall, which drops 80 feet. Cullasaja Falls, about 9 miles from Highlands, is also visible from the car.

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