Catawba River Basin
Recreational Points of Interest
The basin contains a large national wilderness area near its headwaters and a major metropolitan area where the Catawba River flows into South Carolina!! Some tourist attractions include the 6,000-foot Grandfather Mountain, the Pisgah National Forest, Linville Falls, parts of the Appalachian Mountains, and Linville Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the eastern United States.
- A globally rare dragon fly named Edmund's Snake tail is only found in two locations in the world; upper and lower Wilson Creek.
- The Linville River is home to the Grandfather Mountain Crayfish which is found nowhere else in the world.
- The endangered Carolina Heelsplitter is also found in certain parts of the basin.
- The Catawba was named after the tribe that first settled its banks.
- It is the most populated river basin in eastern North Carolina!
Environmental Educational Centers
- Blue Planet Water Environmental Center
- Carolina Raptor Center
- Catawba Science Center
- Central Piedmont Community College,
- Center for Sustainability
- Crowders Mountain State Park
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- Discovery Place
- Energy Explorium
- Grandfather Mountain State Park
- Grandfather Mountain Stewardship
- Lake James State Park
- Lake Norman State Park
- Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
- McDowell Nature Center
- Mountain Island Educational State Forest
- The Charlotte Nature Museum
- Schiele Museum of Natural History
- and Planetarium
- South Mountains State Park
- Tuttle Educational State Forest
- Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
- YMCA Camp Thunderbird