Cullasaja Gorge (Hwy 64) Picnic Areas #2

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  •  (2) picnic tables
  •  (2) charcoal grills 
  •  Short walkway to picnic tables 
  •  Riverside Dining 
  •  Fishing, Swimming, Wading & Sun bathing via short access path

The Local Scoop

This is a very convenient picnic area if traveling along this section of the "Mountain Waters Scenic Byway." Plan on stopping at this location for your picnic after leaving nearby Highlands on your way to Franklin or vice versa. If you have some spare time, try your luck at some trout fishing that's just a few short steps away from the picnic tables, or if the weather is warm, wade in the cold mountain waters of the Cullasaja River with your kids. If the water is too cold for you, bring a lounge chair and sit out on the exposed rock that makes up part of the riverside. Read a book wihile soaking up some sun. We recommend this picnic spot due to it's ease of access and because of it's close proximity to the river.

The Local Directions

From intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 E and U.S. Hwy-23/441 North in Franklin take Hwy-64 East towards Highlands, NC for approx. 12.1 miles to a road/river side picnic area. The parking is just off of Hwy 64 and is on the Right hand side traveling East and will be on the Left traveling West. If coming from Highlands, take U.S. 64 West from red light @ intersection of U.S. 64/N.C. 28 in Highlands for 4.5 miles to parking on your Left.

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35.07701, -83.25243
Easy via U.S. Hwy-64 roadside pull-off
Nearest City
Macon County
Distance From
Highlands, 4.5 miles
Franklin, 12.3 miles