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.



Owls Among Us

9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lake James State Park

Throughout written history, owls have held a special place in people’s hearts. In spite of our desire to know them, owls remain mysterious. They are also relatively common in the forests and fields of western North Carolina. Once you recognize the myriad sounds owls make, a whole new world of appreciation opens. Ranger Jamie Cameron leads a group of curious owl-seekers on a short hike along the Lake Channel Overlook trail at the Catawba River Area side of the park. Start from the campground parking lot at 9 p.m. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, binoculars if you have them and a pair of comfortable hiking shoes for this 45-minute program. Call the Park office, 828-584-7728 for more information.

Barred Owl