Catawba Falls

Asheville, North Carolina 28805

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This is a deservedly popular hike. Catawba Falls is easily one of the most fetching cataracts in the greater Asheville region—and that is saying a lot! The trek, on an isolated tract of the Pisgah National Forest, enters a rugged gorge veined with tributaries feeding the uppermost reaches of the Catawba River. The hike crosses these waterways a few times while passing the remains of an early hydroelectric operation.

Waterfall admirers have been coming to Catawba Falls—often with great difficulty until recently—since the 1800s. Back in the old days, there were primitive roads to tackle and when they got there no hiking trail to Catawba Falls, making visiting the cascade a challenge. It took scrambling directly up the stream to see the venerable cataract. In the late 1800s, early North Carolina photographer Rufus Morgan took pictures of Catawba Falls, and the fame of Catawba Falls began."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
1.5 hours
Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-9694,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell, Pisgah National Forest; USGS Moffitt Hill
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Jul 2018