At the foot of Mt. Mitchell, Roaring Fork Falls in the Pisgah National Forest offered us a short easy hike to a stunning waterfall. Not only is it an easy hike, but the trailhead was easy to find, just 2.5 miles off the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. We’ll include directions below.
As we arrived in the small parking lot, just outside a fenced off utilities compound, we immediately noticed the 1/2 mile trail sign to Roaring Fork Falls.
The wide dirt trail was easy to follow through the forest. Also, as it was relatively flat, it made for a quick walk. Allow about an hour.
As we got close to the falls, the trail crossed over a small wooden bridge. At this point we could hear the falls and knew we were close.
It had rained the day before and we could see lots of footprints in the mud, but we had the falls to ourselves.
As the water tumbled over the layered mound of rocks, we noted how the falls were not very tall, but they did stretch way into the distance (100 feet long).
The cascades and moss covered rocks made for an idyllic scene and beautiful photos.
Finding Roaring Fork Falls
To find Roaring Fork Falls use the address 208 Busick Work Center Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway, exit at State Hwy 80 and go north about 2 miles. Take a left on South Toe River Road. Then another left on Busick Work Center Road. Just before the fence there’s a small parking area to use.
Follow the trail sign up the dirt road. The trail is very easy to follow. Shortly after crossing the wooden bridge the waterfall will be on your left.
Must See Sites Near Roaring Fork Falls
Roaring Fork Falls is only 7 miles from Crabtree Falls; a medium to strenuous hike with a large stunning waterfall.
Other nearby must visit sights along the Blue Ridge Parkway include: