Little Man and I decided to go exploring in the Marion, NC area. We stumbled upon the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway trail. This little gem is well worth a visit!
The small parking area was almost full when we arrived, but the trail is about two miles long (4 round trip) and the foot traffic was spread out. At times we saw no one on the trail. When we did see others, everyone was friendly.
Little Man loved the exercise/fitness portion of the trail. He had to try out each piece of equipment.
The path is paved and level. It has plenty of shade and nice views of the Catawba river. There are two fishing decks along the river. Several sloping areas to access the river along the trail. We saw one man fly fishing in the river. There are also several benches along the trail to stop and take a break if needed.
We enjoyed finding a variety of insects along the path. We also spotted several squirrels, slider turtles, woodpecker, and song birds.
We decided to follow the Round Hill loop and climb to the top of Round Hill. The steep climb to the top of Round Hill will get your cardio going!
We can't wait to return and take our fishing poles to see what we can catch from the Catawba river!