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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  • This is a frequently visited trail and falls, good for all ages. Level, easy walk and good for dogs too. (As always, DO NOT CLIMB THE FALLS). Near the Mt Mitchell Lands Golf Course, so the locals are ...  more »
  • ...found a great waterfall! The recent rains definitely helped make it more dramatic. The hike is easy, and only 1/2 mile out along a forest road.  more »
  • We always take our visitors on this lovely hike to beautiful waterfall. It is not a difficult or long hike which makes it perfect for kids and seniors, who are in decent shape to traverse. We took my ...  more »

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