Roaring Fork Falls is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina 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.
dogs on leash
Easy .5 mile hike to beautiful waterfall.
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.
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.
Nice easy trail, pretty falls
Great, wide trail and lots of room to pass. Parking could be better but the trail is awesome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect Thanksgiving day hike with our three dogs!
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!
Easy hike down an old service road, then an easy little path to a beautiful waterfall.
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.
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!