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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Joseph McDowell/Catawba River Greenway

The Joseph McDowell/Catawba River Greenway is located just outside downtown Marion, NC.  This paved trail follows the flow of the Catawba River.  At this time, the trail is approximately 3 miles (one way) and is open to pedestrians and bicycle riders only.  Dogs are permitted, on leash (according to Marion City statues).  The park is open sunrise to sunset.

It is possible to put in your kayak/canoe from this point.  A separate parking area is available for kayak/canoe access on US 221 North Business.