Catawba Falls

12 reviews #10 hike out of 616 in
2.1 mi
Distance
1 hrs 6 min
Time
terrain
411 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is an easy out and back trail in North Carolina. The trailhead is easy to find, with good parking and bathroom facilities at the base of the trail. It follows an old road past a former power plant and dam to a spectacular cascade. The trail bed is wide and gently sloping at the beginning becoming steeper and more rocky as you approach the falls. There are several pools for wading along the river. 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 to environmental impact and because of several fatalities that have occurred.

This is a perfect family outing for all.

Getting Started

From I-40 Exit 73 follow Catawba River Road to the US Forest Service parking area. The trail leaves from the information kiosk.

Taking Children

This is a good hike for children. Do not allow them to climb the falls.



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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    There is a lot of history here. This was the most western outpost of America for a very long time. Unsettled areas to the west, Davidson Fort (Named Old Fort now) to the east. Easy walk to the lower falls, strenuous to the upper falls.
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Steve Holbrooks 5 years ago
Catawba River to Catawba Falls, McDowell County, NC, USA
Hiked to the top of the falls. 20 minutes to the main falls
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