Noelle, Sierra and I celebrated Mother's Day as a family with a trip into North Carolina for some hiking and delicious food. We made the drive through Asheville and into Black Mountain where we stopped for a delicious lunch at the Trailhead Restaurant. After lunch we drove a little bit further east to the town of Old Fort and the traihead for our hike to Catawba Falls.
While the Forest Service has recently built a parking area for the popular trail, it lies on the other side of a closed bridge, and so it is inaccessible to vehicles. Pedestrians are still allowed to hike across it though, and so we started our hike by walking across a closed bridge and through an abandoned parking lot. Once on the actual trail the hiking experience greatly improved. We soon came to a few relics of past human use. There were a few stone walls lining the trail and even the ruins of some sort of building.
We crossed a small, cascading side stream
Instead of rock climbing we relaxed on the rocks at the base of the falls and enjoyed the sound of the cascading water. It was also fun watching Sierra play in the water and throw rocks into it.