Highway 74 skirts the edge of Sylva as you drive toward the Smokies and Bryson City. You could zip right past the Jackson County Justice Center without a hint of what was sacrificed to build the four-lane bypass. Construction of the road in the early 1970s spelled the end for Dills Cove Falls.
No other town in North Carolina had a comparable waterfall within its city limits…the total height of Dills Cove Falls was said to be 249 feet. But it was standing in the way of progress. It had to go.
You have to wonder what the job was like, demolishing Dills Cove Falls. Who would want to show up for work that day? Do visions of the Falls ever come back in nightmares?