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Catawba Falls

Old Fort, North Carolina

4.8/5
based on 13 reviews

Details

Distance

2.19 miles

Elevation Gain

394 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Justin Costner

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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Reviews

We regularly hike this 3.0 round trip hike. The path is pretty wide and moderately traveled. The paths and bridges have been built in the last 3 years so there is no need to wade through water. There is a gravity bathroom on site. Caution to everyone who may be new to this trail, 2 deaths within 6 months recently occurred due to the persons slipping on the rocks in the upper falls. And that is just in the last year. Enjoy the views from below......

Easy hike on a well maintained trail. Scenic falls.

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.

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

One of the prettiest waterfalls in the area and a very easy hike.

My girlfriend and I took her kids and 2 dogs on this hike and it was extremely enjoyable. The waterfalls and the views were breathtaking.

Just went yesterday to Crabtree Falls. It's a great fall pretty close to Asheville. We went early in the morning to avoid the crowd and it was stunning. The 1/2 mile climb to Upper Falls definitely kicks your butt! Always be cautious of your footing and use the surrounding rocks and tree branches for anchorage. They do have ropes to help you up some of the steeper parts. Once you come to the end of the ropes- veer left! Don't try to keep climbing up. Once left, you'll see the yellow and blue caution tape. The pool at Upper Falls is deep enough for swimming and wading in the water. So bring a swimsuit if you go in the summer! Trust me- after the climb you will definitely want to get in. Have a great hike! :)

The waterfall is worth the bear crawl up the mountain and some of the areas.

This is the first time we took this hike and to put it in one word, it's Aweesomee!! We went to Asheville for a day trip and wanted to go for a short hike. Glad we went here. It started with a regular flat hike with gradual altitude gain with a river and fun short falls on the sides. Don't miss to claim to the top once you reach the big waterfall. It's little strenuous but it's worth it.

We did this with two dogs and two babies. There is a stream crossing, but it's do-able for the whole family. The waterfalls are spectacular and there is plenty of creek splashing opportunities. Enjoy!

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