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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Copper Ridge Trail

A new section of the Fonta Flora State Trail is open, Copper Ridge Trail, located outside downtown Old Fort, NC. This 3-mile, natural surface trail is steep. We wouldn't refer to it as "strenuous" but it's close! Definitely a moderate to strenuous hike and cool descent with switchbacks for mountain bikes.

From our visitor center on Catawba Avenue, walk a few feet north then turn left onto Commerce Street, walking 0.4 mile to Orchard Street, turn right. Walk/ride another 0.4 mile to intersection at Old U.S. 70, turn left. Continue walking/riding approximately 1.0 mile to trailhead on the right.