Roaring Fork Falls

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Roaring Fork Falls is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles 159 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

Easy .5 mile hike to beautiful waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail heads up a gravel road through the trees with the creek below on the left and unseen most of the way. It is an easy but not very exciting hike to the falls. The waterfall is very beautiful and makes it worthwhile though. I'm sure visiting in June would greatly enhance the experience as there are Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel everywhere.

2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous waterfall! Pictures can't do it justice! Really must see the beauty of the flow, so many levels, person. The size is massive! The hike itself is a bit uneventful, Non strenuous. 1 mile total round trip. I highly recommend having a hiking partner. No reports have been filed that I know of, but anytime you hike alone, down a single in and back gravel service road, it's better to be wise. Always exercise caution and/or be sure to protect yourself.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail, pretty falls

hiking
5 months ago

Great, wide trail and lots of room to pass. Parking could be better but the trail is awesome.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a really nice short trail with a very beautiful waterfall at the end. Trail is fairly wide most of the way, it looks like it was a road at one point in time, gets narrow for the last 1/10 mile. Once you get to the falls there are some back trails take you up higher into the falls, just watch your footing as it is fairly steep and well rooted.

walking
5 months ago

It was a good beginner's hike for my 3 and 6 year olds and me. the kids loved playing in the water at the end.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

it is a very easy hike great for family hikes. The hike to the top is the falls is a little difficult but nothing terrible.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the more beautiful waterfalls in North Carolina and probably the easiest to reach. Ample parking at the trail head which is located next to the old work camp used by the road construction crews that built the Blue Ridge Parkway. The work camp is now owned by a utility company. The trail itself is the old road used by the construction crews to get up to the parkway. If you were to stay on this road past the waterfall, you'd end up intersecting with the Mountains to Sea trail which crosses the parkway along its path.

The road is packed gravel with a slight elevation that is easy for all ages from toddlers to geezers (like me). Along the 1/2 mile long road, there are a couple of concrete bunkers the locals call Bigfoot (is more than one Bigfeet or bigfoots?) dens. They're actually explosive bunkers used to store the Dynamite for road construction of the parkway back in the day.

At the approach to the waterfall is a small bridge that leads to a short trail about 100 ft. Long with lots of exposed roots. The waterfall itself is a spectacular 140 ft. cascading falls set in a small ravine surrounded by tall trees and rhododendron with a small pool at the base where you can dip your feet and kids can splash in. You can work your way to the top of the falls along a trial to the right and get the birds eye view towards the bottom.

On clear days the amount of water is not massive and the best time to visit is while it's raining (rainy days are waterfall days). It's the only time you'll understand where the name "Roaring" Fork Falls comes from - the sound is thunderous. But the cascading aspect of the falls makes even a light water day look beautiful.

All in all, this one to see.

1 year ago

Perfect Thanksgiving day hike with our three dogs!

1 year ago

Gosh! I am so glad we discovered this easy short hike to a beautiful cascade! I can only imagine what it must look like in mid to late June as there is Rhododendron and Laurel everywhere!
I'm sure that it is just magnificent at that time of year! I will definitely come back to this one!

walking
1 year ago

Easy hike down an old service road, then an easy little path to a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
1 year ago

Stopped by here with my 65+ yr old parents and my 2 kids under 5. Needless to say we all enjoyed this little hike. As others have said it follows an old abandoned road up until you get to about 50 yds from the waterfall itself. The waterfall was pretty daggone neat due to the good bit of rain the area had. I didn't get a chance to scurry up to the top as I had my daughter on my back but we had a ball. Saw probably 20+ other hikers and a few dogs. Glad my dad knew how to get here but I guess it is quite close to Mt Mitchell golf course.

1 year ago

Great hike for families with small children. Easy graded road to follow that has flowers and blackberry bushes on side. Turns right onto little bridge then up a small grade that has lots of roots in trail. Ends at beautiful small waterfall that is shallow and easy swim basin for children. Not a large waterfall at all but nice. You can work your way to top and it offers a nice view of the falls. This is like hitting an easy button!

1 year ago

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

This is a very short hike along a wide trail. The scenery is primarily rhododendrons with woods running parallel to a creek. When you see the wooden walkway keep going the water full at the end is well worth it... The scene at the end is what gives it the 4 star rating!

hiking
2 years ago

Quick hike up a gentle sloped old road to a spectacular waterfalls with great sitting rocks and pools to chill in. Take a picnic or a book and just hang out for a while. Found this while camping at Buck Creek over near Marion.

hiking
2 years ago

I proposed to my fiancé here! Beautiful and secluded! She said yes!

hiking
2 years ago

Yes, the walk to the falls is easy, but it's on an abandoned road, so the hike there isn't thrilling. The thrill starts when you get there if you're an adventurous hiker...Look to the right when you get to the gorgeous falls and you'll see a narrow treacherous path up to the top. Be warned this is hand-over-hand pulling yourself up most of the way and unless you're a monkey hiker willing to take some risks, you'll want to stay at the bottom and enjoy the falls at the base. But if you make it to the top, it's amazing to look down and watch the water cascade over stones. I hiked back a bit in the wilderness and saw some amazingly clear pools and spent an hour sunning on a big rock in the middle of the rapids. Heaven! I intend to return soon.