06 May DR. PATRICK’S POSTCARD ROADSIDE: Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
After crossing the Eastern Continental Divide in Highlands, North Carolina, US 64 drops down the west slope of the Blue Ridge via Cullasaja Gorge passing a series of waterfalls including Bridal Veil Falls.
When the narrow road was built through the narrow gorge in 1927-28 it was located beneath the overhanging rock of Bridal Veil Falls. Travelers didn’t even have to get out of their cars to experience this rocky roadside wonder.
Repeated rock falls, road closures during floods, and ice in the winter caused North Carolina’s Bridal Veil Falls thrill ride to be bypassed as an option rather than a requirement for all traffic on US 64. The falls still tumble over the road, and you can still walk behind them, but you can no longer drive behind them.