"Strike It Rich"/"Jump out and Look" Waterfalls/Antiques

"Strike It Rich"/"Jump out and Look" Waterfalls/Antiques: Franklin used to be a center for Gem Mining. There are many choices from original mine sites to other sites which help ("salt") mother nature. So if you feel lucky or have kids don't miss the opportunity to sit by the sluice looking for rubies, sapphires, etc. outside of Franklin or on the way to Highlands. To get to the waterfalls take the US 64/NC 28 Exit off US 23/441 by Franklin. At the bottom of the exit ramp look at your odometer (some waterfalls are not marked) and then head East towards Highlands. Follow the directions to Lower Cullasaja Falls, Upper Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls (Lower Cullasaja Falls and Dry Falls are particularly impressive). There are upscale antique shops in Highlands, on US 64 to Cashiers and in Cashiers. Whitewater Falls is the tallest vertical drop waterfall in the Eastern US. If you have kids Little Sliding Rock is a must stop.