This is a easy out and back trail in North Carolina. It follows an old road past a former power plant and dam to a spectacular cascade. The trail officially ends at the falls. It is possible to continue steeply upstream to Upper Catawba Falls, but the Forest Service discourages this practice due tof environmental impact and because several fatalities that have occurred.
From I-40 Exit 73 follow Catawba River Road to the US Forest Service parking area. The trail leaves from the information kiosk.
This a good hike for children. Do not allow them to climb the falls.