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Trail

1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 357' 109 m
Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 1,942' 592 m
Low: 1,592' 485 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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A great hike to base of Catawba Falls.

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Features Waterfall

Description

This is a very popular trail that was recently improved. The trail is now a flat, gravel path that is generally 5-feet wide allowing for lots of two-directional traffic. The trail crosses the Catawba River twice across large steel bridges. There is only one wet crossing, which is about two-thirds of the way up the trail.

Generally the trail has a gentle to moderately steep grade and should be easy for most people. The grade increases the last two-thirds of the trail, but is still easy to moderate and the width of the trail stays the same. The last 200 feet of the trail becomes a narrow rocky scramble, but it's worth it to see Upper Catawba Falls. Past this point, there is an optional difficult climb at end of trail to top of falls that uses ropes and requires scrambling.

There are two other waterfalls along the trail but lots of great views of the Catawba River.

A pit-toilet is available at the trailhead if you need it, but here is no water so come prepared.

Despite the wide, packed dirt trail it is not suitable for strollers.

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May 20, 2019
Jennifer Marquardt
Beautiful! Like a fairy tale grotto. Very easy hike. 3.1mi — 2h 02m
May 14, 2019
Bill Donahoe
Great, manageable hike for families.
Apr 21, 2019
Dan Quayle
Busy day! Lots of kids! Lots of water from the recent deluge! 2.2mi — 0h 45m
Apr 18, 2019
Phillip Mosier
Apr 17, 2019
Eric Merkle
Mar 24, 2019
Sean Bloom
Been looking forward to this hike for a long time. It appears the old dam over lower falls has blown. Now all waterfalls are free flowing!! 2.5mi — 2h 00m
Feb 27, 2019
Robert Cohen
Jan 15, 2019
Robert Cohen

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