Bridal Veil falls is a classic and famous waterfall. There are thousands of photos on the internet, over the course of many years, where people have taken pictures of cars under the waterfall. Highway 64 was originally routed to go under the falls, but due to dangerous icy conditions, the road was later routed around the falls, so that access to drive under the falls could be controlled.
In 2003, a large boulder fell from the top, blocking the roadway under the falls. The boulder was blasted, and the roadway underneath reopened, but later due to the boulder causing the road to sag, it was closed again.
The waterfall is part of a small tributary for the Cullasaja River. You can still visit Bridal Veil Falls NC, and pull very close to it, but you can no longer drive under it, you can only walk under it currently.
Even under large rainfall conditions, Bridal Veil Falls NC doesn’t have a super strong water flow, making it fun and safe for kids to get under and explore. There are no large drop-offs or large rocks to slip on either. Busy Highway 64 is very close though, so keep an eye out for those little ones.
In drought or low rain conditions, the falls can often be just a minor trickle.
Due to the fall’s popularity, it can often be a bit conjested here, especially on the weekends in the summer.
The best time to view Bridal Veil Falls is in the Spring, after some significant rain. During dryer seasons, the waterfall can be just a small trickle or even nearly dry.
While the cascade you see is about 60′, the whole waterfall is nearly 120 foot’, so much higher than it looks.
If you catch the sun just right from behind the falls, both from in front of and behind the falls, you can catch a rainbow! We weren’t so lucky …
Here’s a video I found so you can see Bridal Veil Falls. In this video, the road is open, but currently it is closed, allowing no vehicles to drive under the waterfall.