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Catawba Falls, Old Fort. Easy to Moderate Hike

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 9:15 AM
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The Catawba Falls near Old Fort should be a nice day trip and is said to be perfect for families (and pets). NOTE: There are some creek crossing so be prepared to get your feet wet. Good idea to bring a change of shoes & socks.

It's listed as a 1 1/2 mile trail out & back (3 miles total) with a 650 elevation gain. Listed as moderate difficulty due to some creek crossing, etc.

Taking time to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures we should spend about 3 hours on the trail. That should be a very leisure pace.

After the hike we can make a short 15 minute drive to Andrews Geyser for a picnic, eating around 2:30. So pack a lunch! Estimating we will be back in Hickory around 4:30.

Coordinates to the trail head are:[masked],[masked]

Carpools:
Those wanting to carpool from Hickory meet at the Sears lower level parking at the Valley Hills Mall at 9:15, leaving at 9:30.

Those wanting to carpool from Morganton meet at Lowes Hardware (next to Bojangles) I-40 exit 103 at 10:00. We will all meet up and leave at 10:15.

Shooting for being on the trail at around 11:00.

http://alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/catawba-falls-trail

http://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/pisgah-national-forest/grandfather-ranger-district/catawba-falls/trails/

http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/about-the-catawba/hiking-camping/catawba-falls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrews_Geyser

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  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    I don't want speculations or made up stories, I tell a lot of them so I can make up my own. I want a true story for once. (Your my son, your a good looking boy, your from a rich family)

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    It was a great, easy hike. Next time we go tho I want a good full story on those ruins Ray

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • suzanne

    The waterfalls were awesome-will want to try this hike again!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good hike, beautiful waterfall & great company.

    2 · April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks David, I'll try to get them to the tattoo shop before the next meetup.

      2 · April 12, 2014

    • Ray W.

      LOL!

      April 12, 2014

  • Ray W.

    Can't believe I'm just now learning about this place. Great scenery and a nice little hike. Hate some had to miss this. So good to see Keith Cline back out on a trail with us!!!!

    April 12, 2014

  • suzanne

    I think I'll go on this hike! See you guys at Lowes!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am soooo sorry guys! I stayed up way too late....I can def not make it on a hike today. Boo Hiss to me. Have fun

    April 12, 2014

  • Michele

    Ray, R U stopping in Morganton? Looks like I'm the only one going from. Surprised we don't have more people going on this hike. Fairly easy, pretty scenery, great weather... they'll be missed

    April 12, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Yes, we'll stop in M'ton as planned. A bit surprised myself.

      April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have had a change in plans. I will not be coming. Have a great hike.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning on meeting you there. I hope I can find it

    April 11, 2014

    • Ray W.

      I've been told by two reliable sources... ok, make that one reliable source and the Rat, that it's very easy to find. Use the coordinates[masked],[mas­ked], NOT the map that pops up if you click Catawba Falls.

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    Thanks Keith. It's been a little better than a year since i was there. After the storms & flooding last year there was a lot of damage & the bridge was washed out so one couldn't park at the interpretive center. I had met a couple of rangers on the trail & they told me there were improvements in the works so it sounds like they've fixed things up. Cool

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    You only need to cross the river twice. The first spot has a wooden foot bridge and the other has large rocks to skip across. I took 16 Boy Scouts on this hike last year and no wet feet. Directions are very simple. From Hickory take I 40 to Old Fort Exit 73 turn left look for access road on right. Follow Catawba River Road until it dead ends into the parking lot at the trail head.

    2 · March 26, 2014

    • Ray W.

      Thanks David & Keith for the info. I've never been to these falls and only had some write-ups on websites to go by. One indicated there had been some recent improvements to make the creek crossings easier. I'm going to err to the side of caution and still be prepared for wet feet, but hopefully it wont be necessary. Thanks again for the input!

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    This is a nice hike. One must cross over a creek a couple times so make sure to wear waterproof boots or like Tevas is what I wore.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Ray W.

    To get accurate directions to the trail head copy and paste the coordinates[masked],[masked] . If you click on "Catawba Falls" it will send you to Old Fort but not the trail head.

    1 · March 23, 2014

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