Catawba Falls Trail

MODERATE 380 reviews
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Catawba Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

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hiking
22 days ago

This is a easy hike. I’m not sure why it is listed as moderate, maybe because there is a lot of big rocks at the waterfall you can climb if you want to get closer to the waterfall. It was very beautiful, a number of pretty sights to see along the way. It was an easy path, no mud the day we hiked. I highly recommend, good for kids and pets. Our dog loved it. We kept her on a leash as required but did see some people that had their dogs off the leash.

backpacking
22 days ago

Nice day hike. Moist ground but not slippery even with the new fallen leaves. Rocks at the very top we’re hard to navigate and the signage denoted the dangerous conditions was heeded that day.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy trail and spectacular falls. Packed a lunch to eat on rocks by the falls.

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25 days ago

28 days ago

A short and easy hike to majestic beauty! Fairly crowded on the weekend with plenty of dogs on the trail. Great photo ops along the way, particularly liked the mossy stone ruins with the window!

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

This is a fun short hike, but it’s wet and muddy so proper shoes are important. It’s about a mile hike to get to the falls. It is a heavily traveled trail that I would consider easy, until you get to the base of the falls. Technically the trail leading to the top of the falls is supposed to be closed, however plenty of people where going up so I did as well. This section is steep and slippery with a small rope assisted portion but overall not difficult at all. The descent was a little bit sketchy. Dog friendly and just a lot of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with some steep spots with ropes. Took the kids and had a good time

1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy walk to bottom of falls, many falls and cascades along the way. Pictures do this waterfall no justice! Visitor center says 3 miles, I tracked 2.4 round trip. Was told trail is closed past the base of the falls, but many were going up.

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1 month ago

Beautiful fall day with spectacular waterfall!

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1 month ago