Catawba Falls

Old Fort, North Carolina 28762

Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The trail to Catawba Falls has been open to the public only since 2010, and thank goodness for that! The gradual 1.5-mile trail travels upstream along the headwaters of the Catawba River. The path takes you past several ruins before approaching an old dam. Past the dam, the hike becomes more rugged. Large roots, streams, and boulders complicate the trail, but after a little bit of fancy footwork, you will be rewarded when you reach the base of the dramatic Catawba Falls."

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"Access to Catawba Falls has been an issue for a long time, but now it has been resolved, and this time for good. Owned by the Pisgah National Forest since 1989, the falls could not be legally accessed because it was encircled by private property. Then the Foothills Conservancy acquired a critical tract connecting to the falls and transferred it over to the Pisgah National Forest. Now we can hike to the falls in complete confidence."

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Trail Information

Old Fort
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
1,574 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,933 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Moffitt Hill
Local Maps

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Oct 2018