Hike to Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls Trail

100 foot waterfall. 3 mile roundtrip out-and-back hike. Elevation gain 465 feet. Possible camping at Catawba Falls Campground.

This quick and relatively easy hike is located close to Asheville, NC. If you're looking to have the trail to yourself, it can be a little tough. It's best to get there as early as possible or on a weekday if you can swing it.

As you head out on the trail, the elevation gain is very gradual, but does increase as you get further in. Once you get to the lower falls, check to see if the trail to the upper falls is open. It's a little trickier of a hike to get to the upper falls, which is steeper and rockier, so use your best judgement.

If you want to make this adventure a little longer, there are private campsites available at Catawba Falls Campground.

If you went for a quick day hike, swing by Pisgah Brewing Co for a cold one. On occasion, they also have food trucks parked outside.

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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
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Dog Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall

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Catawba Falls

Easy hike on a well maintained trail. Scenic falls.

Easy Hike

The hike is a well maintained trail. We went during mid-July and it felt like we were in a rainforest. Hot, steamy, but beautiful.

Beautiful Hike

This hike was relatively easy and the reward is insane. The most beautiful waterfalls I've seen in a long time!


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