This map shows a completely different entrance than I use to hike to the falls. I am almost 100% positive that the loop is on private property.
I could not give the Roaring Brook Falls trail five stars because it is short, only .75 miles one way.
I'm going to write what I wish someone else had. After you park in the cul-de-sac and walk along the gravel pathway you will come to a fork. LEFT or STRAIGHT, and a tree with a RED arrow on it pointing left. Depending on what you want go left or straight.
Straight- leads you in the woods along a gravel pathway, it was intuitive enough where to go/turn etc. There is a sharp left STRAIGHT UP small boulders. You will notice old telephone poles. (I was certain we were going the wrong way) Nope, keep going, and just follow the trail. You will come to what looks like a camp site and a lack luster water fall. THIS IS NOT IT. Keep going around staying close to the cliffs edge. (you will go up, and down and back up) but you will eventually see the 80 ft drop. When youre done follow back on the trail (Again, its intuitive enough to figure out) you'll see a stone plaque and an old fireplace. Eventually you will come back to the tree with the red arrow on it and you will have your bearings and walk back out to your car.
If it has been RAINY, I would NOT go straight. Staying left and doing an out and back would be the safest option. This is a strenuous hike either direction. Straight is def MORE difficult than going left in my opinion. I probably wouldn't bring small children or nonathletic people on this hike.
Roaring Brook was definitely not easy...very good so we will say moderate to hard as the climbs are steep. Aside from seeing the falls which were small in comparison to other trails its not very scenic and not much else to see. Im sure it is best before the trees bloom or early Fall when there are no leaves and you can see the surrounding area from the highest peaks. A good hike and its more than just 3 miles more like 4.2
The rating of "moderate" for this trail is an understatement. Most of the trail was uphill and steep, passing by a waterfall with high drops onto the rocks below. After hiking the colassal hill at the beginning, there was still more hill, but then it leveled out. As it turned out, there was a view of the forest and the trails branched off separatly. I followed one to a flat area with moss, which was a perfect spot for a break, then did a little more exploring off the trails on the surrounding rocks. On the way back down, I stopped and rested for a short while at a small spring near the waterfall. The location of the trail was easy to arrive at, and relatively close by my home.
It's a short trail that's entirely uphill, and steeper than you think. The lack of rain may have made things treacherous; as you get closer to the falls, the ground is loose and covered with small stones making it easy to slip, and the trail does run along the edge of a 20 foot drop. There's also not a lot to hold on to. The waterfall was at a trickle (again, lack of rain), but pleasant. Probably won't revisit this one.
It was great! We came in on the Prospect side off Roaring Brook Rd. It's a pretty wet hike until you start climbing in elevation. We went past the falls down the steep part then cut over and came up along the falls making it more of a challenge
This is is an all uphill hike on the way in. And, all downhill on the way out. It took me about 40 mins to hike in taking breaks and 20 mins out. I have done this hike multiply times over the years. You can access it from a side street or off of route 42. Off of route 42 its more of a moderate hike vrs all uphill off the sidestreet entrance.