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Catawba Falls Has it all! A Natural Beauty!!

My wife and I walked the easy trail to eventually arrive at a smaller waterfall half way up the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boca Raton, Florida
Lovely place to hike

Gorgeous spot for family hiking. Be prepared to cross water on rocks and get a but wet. Pet... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ocala, Florida
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Catawba River Road, Old Fort, NC 28762
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I walked the easy trail to eventually arrive at a smaller waterfall half way up the trail. We continued on enjoying every step of the way. And there it is! The Catawba Falls in all its glory. It was mesmerizing! There is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank riklin52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous spot for family hiking. Be prepared to cross water on rocks and get a but wet. Pet friendly...kid friendly and fun!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LPLoveToTravel
Reviewed November 6, 2018

About 1.25 mi each way, this trail is on a somewhat rocky but even path. There's one significant water crossing that older people or strollers etc. might have a bit of trouble managing. Otherwise it's a really pretty forested walk with lots of photo ops...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amy K
Reviewed October 2, 2018

It's an easy walk from the trailhead to the base of the falls. The trailhead is easily accessible. The climb to the upper falls, though, is dangerous.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nomad46543
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

A lot are saying it’s an easy hike and a gradual grade but there are parts that are very rocky and need care in traversing. Once at the falls, there’s not a lot of room to maneuver, especially if it’s busy, but it’s an absolutely...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank adamsmg
Reviewed September 10, 2018

About a 2 mile round trip, and an easy walk to a beautiful waterfall along the river, with lots of mini waterfalls along the way. A bridge or two along the path and the trail is long and wide. Perfect place for a stroll and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank R84W
Reviewed September 4, 2018

A reasonable hike for anyone able-bodies. Those with difficulty walking or requiring assistive devices should not do this hike. Surprisingly good catch and release wild trout throughout. Really enjoyed the hike, the view, and the fishing.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank davidk83
Reviewed August 25, 2018

As we are staying in Chesire, we saw that Catawba Falls was only a couple of I-40 exits away and we decided to drive up and give it a go. Getting there off I-40 is a little funky, you have to pay immediate attention to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Terry L
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

The trail to Catawba Falls is an easy climb with a slight grade so it’s suitable for almost anyone. You’re rewarded with a great view of the Falls, but don’t expect anything spectacular :)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LPBfromAsheville
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

This hike was about 3 miles round trip and we completed it in a little over an hour with some time at the top of the falls to hang out, take it all in, get some pictures and do some people watching. We hiked in....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Sarah M
October 18, 2018|
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Response from davidk83 | Reviewed this property |
Some might be but the closer you get to the falls it would be tough as it’s rocky but if you brought a hiking or sling pack you’d be fine. It’s not tough to traverse just rocky.
Linda H
July 18, 2017|
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Response from brandyrn | Reviewed this property |
Excuse me, not swim swim, but you can play in some of the water areas. I plan to get in water....even if it's just sitting or my legs.
June 16, 2017|
Response from Laura C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a parking lot and directional signage and info about the trail (and bathrooms). Dogs are allowed on a leash and it is easy enough for a dog to walk it.
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Columbus, Ohio
Female solo safety on trails (3 Replies)
I'll be traveling to Asheville in early May. I'm hoping to hit three trails while there, probably on weekday mornings/early afternoons: Catawba Falls, Craggy Pinnacle, Mount Pisgah. From the descriptions I've read, they all sound like fairly popular trails that would probably have other hikers on them. However, as a female hiking alone, should I still plan to take the usual safety precautions (pepper spray, safety whistle)? Also, if anyone knows, do any of these trails truly require a...More
April 23, 2018|
Response fromGordo_99|
I think you will see many people on Craggy, its the shortest and has the best view for the least amount of hiking. It is probably busy any time there is nice weather. Pisgah is a longer, more strenuous hike, but I have always seen several people there (though I have not been on a weekday morning). But I don't think you should have any issue hiking by yourself. I haven't been to Catawba Falls so can't speak to that. I think pepper spray is always a good idea when hiking by yourself or even...More
Catawba Falls Trail closed Oct 24-28, 2016 (1 Replies)
FYI, we hiked Catawba Falls this weekend and there was a sign that it would be closed M-F Oct 24-28, 2016. I don't know if they're rerouting the trail or adding to it but there were new areas cleared and several bridges stacked up near the entrance ready to go in. There's not much water flowing anyway but it was still a nice hike.
October 23, 2016|
Response fromJimGinAtlanta|
They have been working on adding access to the upper falls - probably related to that. The original "trail" (if you can call it that) was very steep and dangerous, and even required some hand-over-hand climbing. -JimG
Manassas, Virginia
Asheville 4 day Itinerary - Feedback Please!!! :) (6 Replies)
Apologizing up front for length but we travel a lot and have wonderful trips and I attribute it all to the helpful feedback and information I get from TripAdvisor and the people that read the forums and provide responses. You help fine-tune the details and that is what makes for successful vacations. Here goes: Thursday Day 1: Drive from home to Boone, NC - 1 stop at Furnitureland South in Lexington Friday Day 2: AM: Blowing Rock - 1 hour Grandfather Mtn - 1 hour Linville...More
March 07, 2018|
Response frombornwithwheels|
My advice on Hot Springs is to make reservations. We did not and could not use the springs or even get a massage as they were totally booked for a wedding. Not sure about going in the evening as its a winding mountain road to get there but you may be more experienced at mountain driving than we are, I just would not want to drive it in the dark. I would do that on an afternoon. Its about all thats in the town unless you want to drive further and visit Bush Bean and Dandridge while over that...More