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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Mountain Gateway Museum

Old Fort is home to this state museum exhibiting mountain lifestyle and pioneer-era history from the earliest inhabitants to the twentieth century. Summer programs, festivals, and a variety of other activities are held here and at the outdoor, amphitheater on Mill Creek.

Exhibits include handmade musical instruments and artifacts used during the expansion of the railroad. Call before you visit, exhibits change frequently.

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