Roaring Fork Falls

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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 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 157 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

wildlife

Easy .5 mile hike to beautiful waterfall.

hiking
8 minutes ago

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

hiking
10 days ago

Perfect falls. Short trail

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 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
7 months ago

Nice easy trail, pretty falls

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
9 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.

10 months ago

hiking
10 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
11 months ago

hiking
11 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.