Catawba Falls

North Carolina Waterfall

Located 26 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, Catawba Falls stands 100-feet tall, flowing over a mossy riverbed under a canopied Pisgah National Forest. This is the upper section of the falls. There’s ample parking, restrooms and an informational bulletin board at the trailhead.

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Upper Catawba Falls

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After a rather strenuous ascent up the mountain from Lower Catawba Falls, I was finally greeted by the beautiful & isolated 60-foot tall Upper Catawba Falls, which I had to myself for the entirety of my +1 hour visit. Prints available.

Catawba Falls

Prints available. Only 26 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, the picturesque Catawba Falls stands 100-feet tall and is located in the Pisgah National Forest. With a second waterfall upstream, and also many smaller falls along the Catawba River, this park features several beautiful and peaceful areas to enjoy.

Looking Back In Time

This vintage, moss-covered stone structure belonged to an early 1900’s hydroelectric dam along the Catawba River, located near Old Fort, North Carolina. Prints available.

Lower Catawba Falls

Water follows gravity downward, over and around moss covered rock-outcroppings along Lower Catawba Falls. Located in the Pisgah National Forest east of Asheville, North Carolina, you can enjoy a print of this photograph in you home or office – visit my gallery at Fine Art America.

Catawba Falls

Located near Old Fort, North Carolina, only 26 miles east of Asheville, the 100-foot tall Catawba Falls highlights the scenic beauty of the Pisgah National Forest. Following a well maintained trail along a mossy riverbed on the Catawba River, the sounds of rushing water over many small cascades accompany visitors on this slightly uphill, family-friendly 2.5 mile out and back hike.

This is a popular tourist destination with a large parking lot, restrooms and an informational placard at the trailhead. Accordingly, visitors should plan upon an early arrival if wishing to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, absent crowds – mine was the second car parked onsite, though an estimated 80 vehicles were observed at the time of my departure.

Under a shaded forest canopy, hikers will cross the river on two footbridges and encounter remnants of an early 1900’s hydroelectric dam…

There are also several interesting side trails leading to picturesque spots aside Catawba River…

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Lower Catawba Falls

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If you’d like to extend your hiking adventure by undertaking a strenuous and difficult climb, another 1/2 mile trek leads to the beautiful Upper Catawba Falls. Warning: this is potentially a dangerous area if you’re not skilled at climbing rocks and steep mountainsides, and hikers must ascend a 25-foot rock face using a secured rope for assistance. Here are a few photographs along the trail…

Upper Catawba Falls

The sound of falling water continued to intensify, until, finally, I could see Upper Catawba Falls through the trees! Standing approx. 60-feet tall, this isolated, picturesque waterfall features a broad plunge pool with large rocks scattered to the side, useful as seating. With a snack and water, I enjoyed the sights & sounds of this setting, uninterrupted over the course of my 45-minute stay.

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