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The two RV Gypsies
At Catawba Falls
in Pisgah National Forest
North Carolina
June 29, 2019

USA map showing location of South CarolinaNC map showing location of Old Fort
Pisgah National Forest and Catawba Falls sign Catawba Falls sign

The hike is just three miles, round trip on an easy-to-moderate trail through the hardwood forest. The trail stays close to the water the whole way. The sound of the water varies from a light gurgling to a loud rush, and made the hike quite enjoyable.

river stream river stream

Below: The boys skipping stones

Below: Crossing the bridge

The boys skipping stones Crossing the bridge

Below: View from each side of the above bridge.

view from one side of the bridge view from one side of the bridge

Below: Ruins of a stone foundation from the early 1900s.

Historic structure cascade and debri

Below: The two RV Gypsies and family came to the wall of a dam once constructed here in an attempt to create hydropower. The nearby sign urges visitors to NOT stand on the dam wall: it’s treacherous. The Dam is just 1/3 of a mile away from Catawba Falls.

a Dam water flowing down the dam
water flowing down the dam water flowing down the dam
water flowing down the dam

Below: The trail to Catawba Falls. It was an easy trail until the big boulders leading to the base of the falls.

The trail to Catawba Falls boulders going to Catawba Falls

Below: The base of Catawba Falls.

Catawba Falls Catawba Falls

IMPOTANTWhile there is an upper portion of Catawba Falls, emergency management officials urges visitors not to attempt to reach the upper cascade. There is no trail maintained by the U.S. Forest Service that goes to the upper falls. And since the upper falls can be seen from below (as shown below) it is not necessary to go any farther.

Catawba Falls Catawba Falls
Catawba Falls Catawba Falls
Catawba Falls Catawba Falls
Catawba Falls Catawba Falls
John and Dutch at Catawba Falls John and Dutch at Catawba Falls
John and Dutch at Catawba Falls Lee Duquette at Catawba Falls

Below: The lower portion of Catawba Falls with small cascades.

The two RV Gypsies at Catawba Falls
Karen Duquette, Renee, and the boys Karen Duquette and Renee

Below: The boys crawled over the big boulders - not an easy task, even for the young.

big boulders The boys crawling over the big boulders

Karen slowly and cautiously made her way over and around some big boulders to sit in the water a bit and watch the boys play.

Karen Duquette sitting in the water Karen Duquette sitting in the water

Below: As always, Karen found an access spot to get totally soaked.

Karen Duquette getting soaked at Catawba Falls Karen Duquette getting soaked at Catawba Falls
Karen Duquette getting soaked at Catawba Falls Karen Duquette getting soaked at Catawba Falls

Below: Lee decided to check the temperature of the falls, although he did not get totally soaked.

Lee Duquette at Catawba Falls Lee Duquette at Catawba Falls
Lee Duquette at Catawba Falls Lee Duquette at Catawba Falls

Lee made a cairn

And Later John made one too.

Lee makes a cairn cairn

Below: Heading back down the trail to the car, everyone decided to investigate another area behind a small cascade where someone found a small craw dad in the waters. Renee asked Karen if she really wanted to continue sitting in the waters.

small cascade at Catawba Falls crawdad
exploring on the big boulders exploring on the big boulders
Anthony Anthony and Colton
cousins cousins

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies Continue on to learn about The Arrowhead Monument, see interesting sculptures and murals alongside the road - plus a Fast Food advertisement photo versus reality.