Located in the western region of North Carolina, Catawba offers an array of outdoor adventures, historical sites,
and natural wonders.

Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Catawba has something to offer for everyone. In this travel guide, we will explore some of the top attractions in Catawba, including the Henry River Ghost Town District 12 Hunger Games Film Location, Waterfalls Park, Appalachians Outdoor Adventures, Aquarium and Shark Lab by Teemco, and Baker's Mountain.

Henry River Ghost Town District 12 Hunger Games Film Location

For movie enthusiasts and history buffs, a visit to the Henry River Ghost Town is a must. This abandoned mill village served as the set for District 12 in the first Hunger Games film. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the area, exploring the old buildings, rusted machinery, and abandoned homes. The eerie atmosphere and haunting beauty of the ghost town make it a unique and unforgettable experience.

Waterfalls Park

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Catawba is home to several picturesque waterfalls, including Catawba Falls, Upper Creek Falls, and Glen Alpine Falls. Waterfalls Park is a popular destination for hiking, camping, and picnicking. The park features over 10 miles of hiking trails that lead visitors through lush forests, across streams, and to breathtaking waterfalls. With its stunning scenery and peaceful surroundings, Waterfalls Park is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Appalachians Outdoor Adventures

For those seeking more thrilling experiences, Appalachians Outdoor Adventures offers a range of outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting, ziplining, and rock climbing. Visitors can explore the rugged terrain of the Appalachians and challenge themselves with adrenaline-pumping activities. With experienced guides and state-of-the-art equipment, Appalachians Outdoor Adventures ensures a safe and exciting adventure.

Aquarium and Shark Lab by Teemco

The Aquarium and Shark Lab by Teemco is a unique attraction that offers visitors the chance to see and learn about a variety of marine creatures. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, touch tanks, and a shark lab where visitors can observe and learn about these fascinating creatures. The aquarium also offers educational programs and workshops for all ages, making it a great family-friendly activity.

Baker's Mountain

For a scenic hike and panoramic views of Catawba, Baker's Mountain is the place to go. This nature preserve boasts over 180 acres of lush forests, rare plant species, and diverse wildlife. Visitors can take one of the several hiking trails that lead to the summit, where they will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area. Baker's Mountain is also a popular spot for birdwatching and photography.


WNCtimes by Marjorie Farrington April 2023

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