Roaring Fork Falls, Burnsville

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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  • October 2, 2017
    The fall was a little harder to find, off route 80, but it is a very pretty falls. The hike in was an easy .5 miles.  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    Not as much a 'classic' waterfall as Crabtree, but for me even more enjoyable. Great views throughout the somewhat demanding climb to the top, but views from the top made it very worthwhile.  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    This fun and beautiful waterfall was right at the bottom of the road where our cabin was. It was well worth the walk which is not far at all. I mean less than 1/2 mile easy. Worth a couple of hours of...  more »

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