Catawba Falls Trail is a hidden North Carolina gem. It is located about 25-30 minutes away from Asheville, NC and offers a breathtaking waterfall view. I traveled with a group of four other ladies for a day we will never forget. After a quick prayer, we pressed play for our throwback 90’s mix playlist and headed to the trail.
The trail is moderate in my opinion, because you have to walk across brooks and steams and if you really want to get the most out of your experience, you’ll have to do some rock climbing! Yes, some rock climbing. For some reason I suggested that we try to make it to the very top and these ladies were crazy enough to go for it!
I siked myself out and just went for it. I literally put one hand and foot in front of the other while holding on to whatever God provided. Tree branches, rocks, and roots were all my saving grace. While I was leading the pack up the side of the waterfall, I refused to give up and turn around. Plus, I couldn’t chicken out now that there were other people on the YOLO bandwagon.
We made it to the third level with one more level to go. The fourth level takes you to the top and requires a rope to help you climb up. So you guessed it, this is where I popped a squat and just took in the scenery while three other ladies headed up to the top. I cheered them on and prayed that we wouldn’t need any first aid supplies.
While sitting on the third level, all I could do was reflect on life, my travel this year, my relationship woes, and how I’m looking forward to all the blessings God has in store for me in my next chapter. The mist from the waterfall was refreshing and the constant sounds of nature soothed my soul. It was truly right on time. I didn’t want to leave my newfound happy place, but we had to start the journey down the mountain soon. Plus, we were all getting close to HANGRY.
Going down the mountain was another story. I am so thankful for Mieka, who I met for the first time on this trip, for her step by step guidance of where to place my feet, and for keeping me calm when I couldn’t see my next move. Bridgette held my hand, supported me and made sure we were all hydrated. Andraya and Courtney were experiencing hiking for the first time, and their excitement and willingness to try something new truly set the tone for the day.
We all felt accomplished, funky, and hungry by the time we made it back to the car. We freshened up, changed into some spiffy threads, and headed into town for dinner at NINE MILE. The food was worth the wait and Matthew, the manager who was also our server for the evening, was very hospitable and informative. He made sure we got to taste all four of the delicious salad dressings: Mango Vinaigrette, Jalapeno Lime Cilantro 9, Orange Balsamic, and His Majesty’s (Sesame Garlic Tahini).
The picture doesn’t give this flavorful dish justice.
I had the Soul Rebel, which is grilled chipotle maple glazed wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon with sautéed onions, russet potatoes & carrots in a white wine coconut masaman curry sauce topped with almonds, mint bean sprouts, and a banana mango apple chutney. Served with basmati rice.
The West Asheville Nine Mile location is located in a niffy area (Haywood Road) with plenty of boutiques, urban mountain bodegas, and a slew of vegan/vegetarian food options. This area is very accommodating to any and every possible food restriction. I noticed there was also a lot of advertising for spiritual healing, Reiki, Chakra balancing, and numerous other homeopathic and alternative medicines/treatments.
If you’re looking for a new and exciting challenge, I highly recommend Catawba Falls. If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area, I highly suggest the Company Mill Trail located in Umstead State Park.
All the ladies are down to try another trail next month. I look forward to taking on a new challenge, great fellowship, and exploring more hidden North Carolina gems.
What are some of your favorite hiking trails? Drop your recommendations in the comments section.
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