Cattail Falls

MODERATE 9 reviews
#28 of 68 trails in

Cattail Falls is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

3.1 miles
442 feet
Out & Back


nature trips



no dogs

Because this is off the beaten trail, It is recommend starting from the parking lot. if you have a high-clearance vehicle there is a rough road that will shorten the hike. From the paved road to the parking lot is only about 1.2 mile away, so it is still an option if you have a low-clearance vehicle, making this a 5.5 mile hike instead.

2 days ago

what a beautiful trail. longer than usual as the gate from Ross Maxwell scenic drive was closed. rest in the lush green Oasis prior to the final hike up to the falls was sublime. caught sight of a golden eagle soaring in the warm air uplift in the cliffs. kids 7 and 9 enjoyed every step. quiet trail when the gate is closed.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, however watch out for the African honey bees who have made the arroyos their home! There were so many buzzing above us that we couldn’t go to the end of the trail. Better safe than sorry with those aggressive bees!

6 months ago

lovely even though the waterfall was flowing slowly. very green and lush. quite a surprise after the desert hike.

8 months ago

Fun trail, interesting views of different landscapes. I didn't see any wildlife but I was very glad to have my bear bells jingling on my pack- especially where the vegetation is very dense and lush nearer to the falls. The dirt road is now gated so we parked and started from the main road.

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