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Roaring Fork Falls

EASY 101 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
127 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching




Easy .5 mile hike to beautiful waterfall.

12 days ago

Was a great adventure easy hike to the falls , but the fun is finding the way to the top of the falls very beautiful there..

1 month ago

Great falls and mostly level path. We went farther than the falls and the views were terrific.

4 months ago

Beautiful waterfall! I was anticipating more of a hike into the waterfall, but this hike is excellent for a short trip with kids. The hike in is a all 4 wheel drive road, until you get to the base of river. The hike into the falls is a easy hike until you get to the base of the falls. This waterfall was beautiful! Wish it was summer so I could have taken a deep into the pool area at the base!

4 months ago

So beautiful! Very easy trek to the falls and well worth it!

5 months ago

Great add on trek if you're hitting Green Knob Firetower or Setrock Creek Falls. There is parking for about 5-7 cars at the trailhead. The trail is a gravel road, with only minor elevation gain, so very easy for just about anyone. The falls are beautiful and the rocks at the base make great places for photos.

5 months ago

Great hike! Absolutely gorgeous waterfall. A little difficult with wet leaves but overall a great hike!

5 months ago

Simply beautiful and a very easy hike!

7 months ago

Nice stroll to the falls. Harder climb up right side of falls, especially after a day of rain.

7 months ago

I think this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in western North Carolina. While the view from the base is really nice the view you get from the top is spectular.

9 months ago

Easy hike. Especially great for young children.

10 months ago

Easy short hike to a beautiful waterfall

11 months ago

great falls.. easy trek

Friday, January 26, 2018

The view from the bottom is beautiful enough. Still take the trail along the right side to the top of the falls. The view is even more spectacular. There are actually two trails to the top of the falls.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Nice super easy hike with kids beautiful waterfall at the end.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The trail to the base of the falls is basically a gravel road, and so it's very easy for reasonably mobile people The falls itself is awesome! There are paths to the top of the falls with several places along the way to climb out onto the rocks for unique perspectives. These trails traverse roots and slick rocks that require more attention to detail. Plenty of good photo opportunities at Roaring Fork. Well worth the trip.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Easy hike with my 1 year old. Beautiful & rewarding.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Very easy... very pretty waterfall.. glad we took a few minutes to see

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Very low traffic and the kids loved it! The pictures do not do justice for these falls!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Easy short trail with a beautiful cascading fall. Cool water to play in. The sound of the fall is soothing. Bring water shoes and clothes you can get wet.

Friday, July 07, 2017

1 mile round trip, decently flat with some roots.
Ideal for children and pets and the reward is worth the effort.
For the best view of the falls, some work is required directly below them.
This trail will not be friendly to those who can not climb small slopes.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Quick, easy hike. Not a lot of traffic. Definitely worth the trip!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Easy , nice little waterfall at the end

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

super easy hike, to a very pretty water fall. great for kids.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lovely hike, great for kids.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I love this trail! Easy hike for the kids and well worth climbing to the top for the views. Will definitely go again.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Perfect falls. Short trail

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice easy trail, pretty falls

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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

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