Roaring Fork Falls, Burnsville

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Roaring Fork Falls, also called Roaring Creek Falls, is a waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest, in North Carolina.GeologyThe falls is located on Roaring Fork, a tributary of the South Toe River, which itself is a tributary of the French Broad River. The creek is located in a forest that's filled with rhododendron and eastern hemlock. The creek is abundant with freshwater snails.HeightThere are some disputes as to the height of the falls. Kevin Adams' book, North Carolina Waterfalls, lists the height as "about 45 ft (17 m) high". North Carolina Waterfalls lists the falls as being 100 feet (30.9 m) "long".Visiting the FallsFrom the intersection of NC 80 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, go 2.2 miles north on NC 80 and turn left on South Toe River Road. Cross the bridge and turn left. Follow the road 0.2 miles to the gate and parking area. From here, follow the trail (passing concrete bunkers formerly used to store explosives) for 0.61 mi. (1.34 km) to a side trail that will lead to the falls in 300 ft (93 m).Nearby FallsSetrock Creek FallsMitchell FallsDouglas FallsWalker FallsWhiteoak Creek FallsCrabtree Falls
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  • Does not get any easier to hike to a waterfall in the mountains. well graded forest service road, can go past the falls for an extended hike  more »
  • This is a lovely short walk just a couple of miles off the BRP. You might have to share the path with genial bear hunters during the season. The falls aren't huge, but are picture perfect. Definitely ...  more »
  • I went to several parks and falls while staying in Green Mountain and this was my favorite. The drive up is beautiful and interesting. You park in a small lot...the place is barely marked, but google ...  more »