The Catawba Falls trail will close on May 2, 2022, and remain closed until spring of 2023. The popular Old Fort area trail will be closed for 9-12 months to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews building retaining walls, boardwalks, staircases, and overlooks. Click the "Play" icon to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

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Catawba Falls - TEMPORARY CLOSURE

BEGINNING MAY 2ND, THE TRAIL WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS THE U.S. FOREST CONSTRUCTS IMPROVEMENTS. CLOSURE TIME IS ESTIMATED AT 9-12 MONTHS.

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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