Explore the most popular birding trails near Old Fort with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5 hours ago

Enjoyable hike with a lot of elevation but over a long stretch. Much of the time you barely feel like you’re ascending. The toughest part by far is from the shelter up to Graybeard. When I was there I was clouded in and got pretty wet from the condensation near the top. Coming back down I stopped at Walkers Knob. Beautiful views! I changed it up by cutting over to the Old Mitchell Toll Road via Old Trestle Trail and then rejoined at Pots Cove Gap. Near the bottom I took the Bryan Woodward loop and was rewarded with a rabbit right on the trail and a group of swallowtail butterflies. All told with side trips and detours it was about 10.3 miles.

About as good as you can get. Easy walk in and out, and the falls are just beautiful. can't recommend this enough.

Some sections are tough for younger kids (7 yo). Trekked about half way. But still a great hike. Kids enjoyed it too.

Fantastic hike! Great hike for our 6 years olds! Beautiful waterfall awaits you at the end!!

1 day ago

Walkers knob and the waterfall are both great. Totally worth the hike. The Greybeard summit was a bit disappointing. Good for exercise and getting in mileage, but I didn’t feel like it paid off in a significant way. Watch the switchbacks for sure. There are little paths leading from them to nowhere.

One of my favorite trails. Wide path, shady and in the woods, follows the river/creek, great for kids and dogs. Waterfalls and areas kids can get in and play safely are a wonderful payoff along the way!

3 days ago

Beautiful trail...loved seeing bear tracks! The falls were beautiful and I wouldn't call this necessarily easy! Much better to hike during the week than on the weekend when there is heavy traffic!

Very well kept, beautiful hike! i wouldn't say this is 'easy' as it's got some inclines children might find diffcult but it was nice! Also, it is well-traveled, go early if you want to find parking.

4 days ago

was slightly disappointed how many people crowd the falls but other than that great hike plenty of views places to rest on the falls and relax absolutely beautiful and is a moderate trail would hike again

5 days ago

It was a nice long paved road. Very quiet and easy. We completed it in about 2 and a half hours out and back. There are some areas with debris in the road but you can easily get around it.

Great beginner hike! Also great to bring along dogs that would enjoy playing in the water.

Beautiful hike. Very easy. A little too crowded to earn the 5th star from me.

13 days ago

This trail is a beautiful walk all the way, convenient parking area with easy access to the trail. It is a very very easy hike, only technical part is if you want to go up on top of the water fall.

Beautiful falls with many small side trails everywhere.

The trail is under the forest cannopy cover the entire length to the falls. The trip reward is a beautiful compound falls. You can scramble up next to the falls using hands and feet to see it from different angles.

trail running
18 days ago

Good challenging incline, great views, and fun to run down. One big section is still covered in debris but you can easily get around it whether running or biking.

18 days ago

It’s really a bike trail... loved it for hiking but you need to watch for bikes coming down. They were very courteous and warned us they were heading our way. It was a pretty place.

Pretty ver well travelled

21 days ago

My two daughters and I love to hike. We took a day trip to the Catawba Falls today. This was our first hike here but we will definitely be back with friends. The hike to the first large waterfall is a nice and gentle climb. We loved hiking off trail to see the many beautiful waterfalls along the way. The first main waterfall is one of the most beautiful I have seen. It looks like it belongs in the rain forest due to the colorful mosses and plants that are living in the waterfall. The hike to the second fall is definitely a challenge but is well worth the effort. The weather today was in the 90s but the water was cool and refreshing. We hiked South Mountain last week and loved it. This hike to the Catawba Falls, however, is so far one of our favorites!!!

Great trail for a beginner!

26 days ago

Great easy hike for all age groups and pets to the lower falls. Great spot for lunch and a dip in the pool. The hike to the the top of the falls was much more difficult and extremely steep. The view at the top was gorgeous but definitely would not recommend that for small children.

27 days ago

Nice 2 mile trail along the stream, going gently up with some easy rock scrambling as you reach the falls. Beautiful falls with a small pool to cool off. Crowded but a pleasant hike for all ages and all sizes of dogs.
Note you turn onto the highway entrance road and then take an immediate left on to the access road. I missed it first try thinking I’d end up on Heat 40 if I took that turn. The trail head and parking lot are at the very end of the road—you can’t miss them if you just keep going.

28 days ago

Short but kinda tough. Get your blood pumping on your option to climb up using all your limbs. Lol There are a few spots that have ropes to help pull you up the steep almost straight up vertical climb. Not to much trust in the ropes but there are rocks and roots to grab to go up. Trust me its so worth it climbing up as the views are breath taking with the waterfall. Also climb out to be in the waterfall too. Rocks are very slick wet so use your brain before running out there in excitement.
There are a lot of small trails that go off the path but they are not long. Go for different views. Hike and explore more than just the path. There is a group of different small sets of waterfalls you can climb up quite a ways, if you were to walk up area of rocks before the little creek crossing on the main trail. Not too many people im sure know about it due to its not a trail and its a lot of water to walk through, climbing, parkour and or your choice on getting covered in poison ivy if you try to walk around through the jungle lol its so enjoyable and fun. I have gone a few times and see different stuff each time i go. One of my favorite places.

28 days ago

A casual hike up the hills and a great place for a skinny dip at the fall.

Absolutely awesome! My wife and I hiked this with some friends and loved every minute. The work it took to get to the upper falls was well worth it!

1 month ago

Went for a nice visit today. The lower falls are easy to get to. If you want to visit the upper falls, it starts beside the lower falls and goes up. There are 3 ropes to assist with this. Just make sure that after the third rope you walk to your left on the rocks. That's the trail to the upper falls. The trail runs along side of the creek. There is a trail that continues on up and it will eventually get you to the upper falls. Do not go that way, it is alot longer hike with a steeper climb, then a steep incline down to the previous trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful wide trail and in the shade so even on warm days it is no problem. The falls are beautiful and the water feels great..will do this one again

Great trail and beautiful falls..the water feels wonderful!

easy peasy.

Wonderful hike. I climbed up toward the second falls with ropes and all. Once at the top I followed some paths but couldn't pin point which way to go. Any pointers?

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