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.

March 24, 2021, 4:28 p.m.

Destination McDowell - Planning For The Future

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This is your introduction to the future, in McDowell County, North Carolina.

The McDowell County Tourism Master Plan, Destination McDowell, is a 15-year roadmap to ensure the tourism authority effectively stewards its capital infrastructure program through strategic decision-making and investments.

The planning process identified various ways to improve the visitor experience and build on existing tourism assets. After a year of consulting local businesses, local government, county residents, and tourism partners, new or expanded public venues, trail systems, and more have been identified and are a part of the plan.

The final 15-year tourism infrastructure master plan features all recommendations, a phasing schedule, an estimate of probable cost, and an outline of grant funding sources. The plan is available here. As work progresses, updates will be made.