Catawba Falls

Catawba Falls

This is a high, wide series of cascades, best viewed in higher water after the leaves have fallen. Several free-fall sections are combined with rock-hugging cascades giving the falls plenty of variety and character.


  • Height: Over 100 ft
  • Elevation: 1925 ft
  • Stream: Catawba River
  • Landowner: Pisgah National Forest
  • GPS: 35.604338, -82.245034

Hike Information

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 2.4mi
  • Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
  • Climbing: Climbs Moderately (345 ft)
  • Type: Out-and-back


GPS Directions & Map

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Driving Directions

From Asheville, take I-240 E to I-40 E. Go just under 20 miles on I-40 to exit 73, the second Old Fort exit. Before the ramp ends, turn right onto Catawba River Road. Go 3 miles to the bridge at the end of the road. The new, large parking area is just across the bridge.