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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Point Lookout Trail


Spectacular views of the Royal Gorge and 19th century railroad tunnels.  In 2022, the Point Lookout Trail was included as a link on the Fonta Flora State Trail, currently under development.

This paved, hiking and bicycle trail rising approximately 1,000 feet in elevation within a 3.62 mile trail.  This is a non-motorized trail, managed by U.S. Forest Service, McDowell Trails Association, McDowell County and the Town of Old Fort.  Violators are subject to federal law.  

Directions:  I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort then north on Catawba Avenue, make a left turn onto Highway 70 (Main Street), then right onto Old Hwy. 70.  2.4 miles to Mill Creek Road at Old Fort Picnic area.  On a seasonal basis, parking is available at Old Fort Picnic Area.  Trailhead begins at end of Old Hwy. 70, look for U.S. Forest Service gate.  Parking is permissible on roadside, do not block church parking lot or private residences.

Point Lookout Fall Tunnel