Roaring Fork Falls

Roaring Fork Falls

Roaring Fork Falls is almost as long as it is high, with a multitude of free falls, slides, and cascades pouring into a small, clear pool at the base. It's highly scenic and photogenic. This one is highly recommended.


  • Height: 100 ft
  • Elevation: 2980 ft
  • Stream: Roaring Fork
  • Landowner: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District
  • GPS: 35.75996, -82.191643

Hike Information

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 1.4mi
  • Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
  • Climbing: Climbs Gently (90 ft)
  • Type: Out-and-back


GPS Directions & Map

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Driving Directions

From the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Hwy. 80, go about 2.2 miles West and turn left on South Toe River Rd. (there is a sign for the Black Mountain Campground). Cross the bridge and immediately turn left onto the road to the Busick Work Center. The parking area is on the left after about 0.2 mile, just before the gate to the Work Center.

Trail Description

The hike to the falls starts on the opposite side of the road from the parking area; there is a sign pointing you to the falls. Go around the gate onto a logging road, which winds gradually uphill through a pleasant forest. It's 0.6 miles to a sharp left hand curve in an opening. Just before the road crosses the creek, turn right and cross a small wooden bridge, onto the Roaring Fork Falls trail. This forest path is easy, slightly uphill, and ends at the falls about 300 feet from the bridge.