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.

Aug. 17, 2016, 4:45 p.m.

Annual Lake James Triathlon


Join the McDowell Trails Association for the fifth annual Lake James Triathlon on the grounds of spectacular Lake James State Park with hundreds of acres of forest land, a swimming beach, hiking trails, tent and picnic sites plus an interpretive area.   Begin with a 750 meter swim in Lake James followed by a 22 mile bicycle ride ending with a 3.1 mile foot race to the finish line!  It will be an exciting day.  Visit for more information.  Click here for registration details, individual and team information, etc.