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Catawba Falls Trail will be temporarily closed March 29 – April 2, 2021

Posted by Jeff on Mar 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm in Conservation, Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: March 26, 2021

The Catawba Falls Trail in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest near Old Fort, NC, will be temporarily closed next week from March 29 to April 2, 2021. Closing the trail is required for public safety while engineering work is being carried out along sections of the trail.

Contractors will conduct geotechnical surveys and use heavy equipment to drill holes in the path and in areas of recent landslides. These geotechnical surveys will be used to determine the stability of the rock below and to design support structures to stabilize the path. Heavy equipment is blocking the path to the point where it is impassable.

This work is one of the first steps as the Grandfather Ranger District is working to improve public access from the Lower Catawba Falls to the Upper Catawba Falls. Engineers are working to design structures that will allow the public to safely drive along the steep slopes to the upper falls. This work is supported by funding from the Great American Outdoors Act, the NC State Recreation Trails Program, and McDowell County. It is part of the larger Old Fort Trails project that will bring a wide range of trail improvements and additions to this area of ​​the Pisgah National Forest.

For more information on the closure, contact the Grandfather Ranger District at 828-652-2144.

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