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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McDowell High School

McDowell High School's auditorium and gymnasium are used for some public events.  

The annual Appalachian Potters' Market is held inside the gymnasium.  Handicap access is available.


I-40/Exit 85/Hwy. 221 North/Marion

Driving North on Highway 221, continue passing Hampton Inn on left, to stoplight intersecting By-Pass Hwy. 221/226.  Turn left onto by-pass.  At stoplight intersecting US Hwy. 70, turn left onto US Hwy. 70.  McDonald's/Wendy's will be on your right.  School entrance is a few yards ahead, on the left.  

Continue to top of hill, school and gymnasium entrance are on your right.