Catawba Falls Trail

MODERATE 173 reviews
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Catawba Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.1 miles 328 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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14 days ago

This is an easy hike to some pretty incredible falls. Well worth the trip!

hiking
21 days ago

Easy 1 mike hike to see a small water fall. Worth the trip, would do again. Have other hikes planned for your trip, there is a lot close by.

hiking
22 days ago

23 days ago

It was a fun place to explore and there's an intense trail ahead of this one with rock climbing.

hiking
27 days ago

Good trail

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scenic driving
1 month ago

*Directions* We got lost and did not find it. See photos of maps. Don't take Catawba Falls Parkway, it is a gated private road.
The All trails app will take you the best way with Google Maps. Tha directions on the website are to take Catawba Falls Parkway. They are incorrect as far as I know. Looking forward to next time.

1 month ago

The moss along the waterfall had me mesmerized. This was one of the funniest hikes I've had with friends. If you go in the summer, you must jump in!!

hiking
2 months ago

We went today after a few days of the trailhead being closed, and discovered that it had been totally cleaned up. No longer is the trail "natural". Two bridges have been constructed for crossing, and soft dirt brought in to cover the walking ground. Trees have been cut down, and used as blockades to the previous trail, or remain laying on the side of the path.
The distance has been cut in half, so it is no longer 2 miles, and the trail that goes up to the top of the waterfall has been blocked and filled in with dirt.
The only vantage point for the waterfall is at the bottom, where all the hikers congregate because there is no where else to go.
One could climb up the rocks on the left, cross over the falls to get to a trail that looks like it could take you to the top, but if the falls are raging, this is very dangerous.
Even though the fall is beautiful, it has been ruined by maintenance. If you are looking for an easy hike with a beautiful reward, this is a great option. If you want a natural trail experience, look elsewhere.

2 months ago

One of the beat places in the area !! Favorite hike by far !

2 months ago

2 months ago

Popular destination so don't expect a quite trail experience. Moderate hike to the falls. Went during a drought so the falls were low.

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