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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First Day Hike!

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Old Fort Picnic Area

Join the McDowell Trails Association on a New Years Day hike to experience the Point Lookout Trail. Point Lookout Trail is located outside Old Fort and is a moderate 3.62 mile (one way) paved trail. If you're a little out of shape from holiday goodies, benches are scattered along the way. This trail has history, ask your guide for details.

Meet at the gate/trailhead. Hike begins at 1:00 pm.

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Park on designated areas of roadside or park at the Old Fort Picnic Area and walk down to the end of the road.

Directions: I-40/Exit 73/Old Fort then north on Catawba Avenue, make a left turn onto U.S. Highway 70 (Main Street), then right onto Old Hwy. 70.  Drive approximately 2.4 miles to Mill Creek Road at Old Fort Picnic area. We suggest parking here and walking down to the end of Old US 70. See the map below.  

Parking is permissible on roadside, close to the end of Old US 70, do not block church parking lot or private residences.

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