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. Exit I-40, #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 road's end. Park on gravel shoulder on left. Trail begins across bridge and to right. Moderate hike to lower falls, strenuous hike to upper falls, 3 miles. Public access available from dawn to dusk only.