South Fork Catawba River Boat Launch

5.5 Miles | 2 Hours

199 Willow Rd.

McAdenville, NC 28056

Pull ashore on river at the South Fork Blueway Boat Launch. Grab a picnic table or bench and watch other paddlers float by. There’s a one-mile loop trail through the forest that you can hike before getting back on the river.

It’s another 2.5 miles to the R.Y. McAden Access on river right, just after you paddle under a soaring train trestle and busy highway bridge, the most visible signs of civilization you’ll come across during your trip. The launch is also the trailhead for the South Fork Trail that follows the South Fork for two miles to connect downtown McAdenville with the Town of Lowell. Along the trail, you’ll find remains of two textile mills that operated along the river in the mid-1800s.