Once you climb your way up to the base of Catawba Falls you are treated with a great waterfall. But it gets even better. Seeing these falls makes the hike rewarding enough, but the real beauty lies in an uphill climb on the trail to the right. This trail leads to Upper Catawba Falls and you cant miss it. The climb starts behind a sign posted near the base of Catawba Falls.
I had read mixed reviews on how hard this climb actually is. Well, it really isn't bad at all. I was a little worried going in, but if I can do it with no problems then I think most can. It is steep but very doable. At the steepest point a rope is attached to help you. All three of us made it up and down with no problem. I actually thought trying to balance while walking across logs was tougher Just remember when climbing up stay to the left near the water until you reach the upper falls.
If you decide to hike Catawba Falls do not pass up on the upper falls. It is hard to describe how beautiful it really is and a picture really doesn't compare to standing in front of it.
Pics from the hike:
|Climbing to Upper Catawba|
|Rope section - actually looks steeper than I remember it|
|Standing beside falls|
|Brother climbing up the falls (much braver than me). Halfway up pic, |
behind the tree.