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Catawba Falls

UPDATE: Parking is limited at Catawba Falls. If the parking lot is full, please do not park in front of the gate, in a manner that obstructs other visitors, or along the sides of the road. Catawba River Road includes private residences, you will be towed if you park along Catawba River Road. Please check along Catawba River Road for posted PAID parking locations. There should be PAID parking options across from Catawba Falls Campground (privately owned).

The Headwaters of the Catawba River and protected by conservation easements, this 340 foot cascade includes an upper and lower falls with an upper 70 foot plunge.

Watch our updated Grand Reopening Video of Catawba Falls below:


I-40 westbound to Exit 73, turn left, travel under interstate and take an immediate right turn. At fork, bear left onto Catawba River Road (behind McDonald's) and go 3 miles to parking lot. Public access available from dawn to dusk only, dogs MUST be on lead no longer than 6 ft.

I-40 eastbound to Exit 73, turn right onto Catawba River Road. If you reach the stop sign intersecting Bat Cave Road/McDonald's is on the right, you passed Catawba River Road. Turn around and follow westbound directions, above.

Check out the updated trail map below:

Catawba Falls Updated Map

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