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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

Temporarily Closed. Take a ~3-mile hike to Catawba Falls, a 100 foot waterfall. Possible camping is available at Catawba Falls Campground.

Please note, Catawba Falls is temporarily closed. You can learn more about updates at www.fs.usda.gov.

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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Features

Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall

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.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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