The Catawba Falls trail is closed until spring of 2024. Click here to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

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Catawba Falls - TEMPORARY CLOSURE

THE TRAIL WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS THE U.S. FOREST CONSTRUCTS IMPROVEMENTS. CURRENT ESTIMATE FOR THE TRAIL TO REOPEN IS SUMMER 2024.

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.

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.

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