Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Catawba Falls Trail

Catawba Falls Trail


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Hiking Walking/Running Cycling Equestrian Paddling Camping

Length 1.05 miles - one way

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COVID-19 STATUS - Open (last updated 8/19/20)

The trail is primarily used for hiking, is accessible year-round, and is both a family and dog friendly trail.


The trail is an easy forest walk along the headwaters of the Catawba River to a beautiful and popular waterfall.

Foothills Conservancy was instrumental in acquiring this property and transferring it to the National Forest Service for public access. Improvements have been made to the parking and the bridge over the river.

WHERE: Old Fort, NC

DIRECTIONS: At the end of Catawba River Road, Off Exit 73 on I-40 at Old Fort.

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