The Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is a 61.3-mile drive that winds through the Nantahala National Forest's two river gorges, hardwood forests and countryside. Traveling from Highlands to Almond, the...[more]
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
From Highlands take US 64 W/ NC 28N to Franklin (18miles). Turn left on US 64W. Folow US 64 W for about 6 miles. Turn right on SR 1442 (old Murphy Road) and travel .2 miles. Turn left on SR1310 W (Wayah Road). For 28 miles, stay on SR 1310W, which passess Nantahala Lakes. In Beechertown, turn right onto US 19N/.74 E. Follow US 19N/74E throuh Nantahala GOrge to Almond. From Bryson City Take US 19S/74W and follow US 74W for about 20 miles through Nantahala Gorge. Turn left on SR 1310 E (Wayah Road) and travel 28 miles. SR 1310E passess Nantahala Lake and Wayah Gap. Near Franklin, turn right onto SR1442 (Old Murphy Road) and go .2 miles. Turn left on US 64E and follow 24 miles to Highlands.
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