Catawba Falls State Park

A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Catawba Falls was only 13 miles from our VRBO rental in Chesire Village, so getting to the park early was easy.

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The park is home to a stunning series of waterfalls, including the centerpiece, Catawba Falls, which cascades 100 feet into a lush gorge. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls, take a refreshing dip in the cool waters, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

We picked this as our next stop, because it is obviously pretty and it is on the way to Asheville, NC - our next "stay over" location.

Click here to go to the Catawba Falls Campground website where there is a good list of their accommodations & facilities and how to make a reservation.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Catawba Falls State Park is a hidden gem in North Carolina, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park is home to a stunning series of waterfalls, including the centerpiece, Catawba Falls, which cascades 100 feet into a lush gorge. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls, take a refreshing dip in the cool waters, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

The park is also home to a variety of other activities, including camping, fishing, and picnicking. There are several trails to explore, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. The park is also a popular spot for rock climbing and bird watching.

Catawba Falls State Park is located just east of Asheville, North Carolina. From Asheville, take I-40 East to Old Fort Exit 97. Head north on NC-221 for about three miles. The park entrance is on the right.

The hike to the base of Catawba Falls is a moderate 1.5-mile round trip from the parking lot. The trail is well-maintained and has a gradual incline. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

The pool at the base of Catawba Falls is a popular spot for swimming. The water is cold, but it's a great way to cool off on a hot day. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel.

A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A description and images from our 2018 Trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Tips & Suggestions for a Catawba Falls Park Visit
  • Wear or bring Sturdy shoes - The trails vary from flat & easy to rocky, undulating and sometimes steep.
  • Water - There is no fresh water at the Falls, and as there are 11 dams up river, as well as industrial pollution, the water is not considered to be safe to consume.
  • Swimsuit and towel (if you plan to go wading, it is not really deep enough to swim)
  • Picnic lunch or snacks - There are no facilities at the Falls.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • The park is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • The park is closed from May 2, 2022 through spring 2023 for trail improvements.
  • There is a $5 parking fee.
  • Pets are allowed on leash.
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