Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Old Fort is a small quaint town easily accessed from Interstate 40's Exit 73, just east of Asheville and Black Mountain. Old Fort is one of fifteen NC Mountain Heritage Trout Cities and is known for its pre-Revolutionary War era history, mountain biking, hiking and waterfall trails.
Catawba Falls is a very scenic hike along the cascading river to a 100-foot waterfall in Pisgah National Forest. The trailhead is just a few miles from downtown Old Fort, and it has received many recent improvements including a couple of footbridges
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