Catawba Falls Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Black Mountain, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.3 miElevation gain341 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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Easy, short hike to pretty waterfalls. Low effort, high yield. Large parking lot right at the trailhead. SAFETY WARNING: There have been deaths and many injuries caused by hikers falling from the falls. Please do not climb on slick rocks and in close vicinity of the falls.

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Alison Jervis
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HikingMuddyRocky

Loved this one!! It’s definitely easy BUT it is uphill most of the way to the fall and there are some rocky parts and a part with a little brook you have to cross. My heart was pumpin! I would definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots for this hike if you don’t want your feet getting a little wet! This trail features nice little side trails to hang out by the creek, and the waterfall at the end is totally worth the 1.2 mile hike. Saw a decent amount of people, but not overcrowded! I was solo so I like to see another face here and then. Took me about 30 minutes to get to the trailhead from Asheville. I for sure recommend this hike!

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Jeff Lahr
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Nice trail, well traveled.

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Gloria Goldberg
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Beautiful!!

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Sarah Holm
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Great hike, but pretty popular and crowded even in the winter. The falls are beautiful, and the hike was easy.

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MJ Bootes
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Cale Knopf
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Not too much mud. Arrived to trailhead at 10am on Sun and lot was half full. It was about 35 degrees outside, but sun was shining. Easy hike but a small bit of climbing rocks at the falls. Great trail for dogs.

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Angie Connatser
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HikingIcyMuddy

Falls are beautiful but the trail is muddy & icy at the top to get to the falls when I went. Had I taken crampons it would not have been a problem but climbing to the top of the falls was very icy. Easy hike overall.

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Daniel Nolan
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Little muddy in spots, recommend waterproof hiking boots. Water fall is super beautiful!

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Whitney Morton-Getz
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Michael Farney
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great trail!

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Yuliya Melnik
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HikingMuddy

Great maintained hike, easy enough for dogs and kids

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Sarah Rohloff
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HikingMuddy

Gorgeous waterfall!

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Bryon Kinser
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail, well maintained. Pretty views, and an easy hike.

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Mike Russell
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HikingMuddy

Muddy, but not too bad. Wonderful views. Low effort, high yield.

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Kim Silva
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Terry Jones
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Great!

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Miriam Salgado
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HikingIcy

Amazing!

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Morgan Owens
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Views were awesome. Went after a “snowstorm” ground was very slippery l.

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Bernie Weese
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Super easy, very muddy, lots of people, beautiful falls.

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Sarah Troxler
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HikingMuddy

Very nice easy trail with beautiful waterfall at the end. Was muddy but it was due to melting snow.

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Christina Alford
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Beautiful falls! Nice hike, pretty muddy in a lot of places. Pet and kid friendly. There is a river crossing and the ability to climb up the main falls

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Chad Love
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HikingMuddy

The waterfall and views are great, but the trail is definitely muddy, but this is typical in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The trail is very easy and does require a few water crossings, but nothing unmanageable.

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Jenna Gillespie
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Emily McCloy
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We went on a very rainy day and i can tell the trail needs some maintenance (although I realize this is a fairly new-ish park). I think winter may be the time to go because you can see the full cascade. It is very impressive. People climb up the falls to see the top, but I’m not sure that’s necessary in the winter.

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Corina C
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HikingMuddy

it was a bit muddy from raining the day before, but my family had a great time!

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Kyle Koons
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HikingGreat!Muddy

It was a pretty easy Falls trail. There are 2 small falls and one big. Overall it is a great trail.

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