Roaring Fork Falls in Western North Carolina

The Roaring Fork Falls trail is located in the beautiful Pisgah National forest in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. Surprisingly, this trail receives little foot traffic despite its’ easy accessibility from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail begins in Burnsville, about 2.5 miles from Parkway Milepost marker 344.1. The Pisgah National Forest is gorgeous in any season, but even more so during the colorful autumn months. Regardless, this hike is worth the small amount of effort required, anytime of the year! Because of its’ convenient location, you can easily access many gorgeous Parkway sights from here for a full daytrip.

The hike to Roaring Fork Falls

This hidden gem of a waterfall is located within the beautiful Black Mountains region of Western North Carolina. The setting is very rustic with barely any crowds in sight. If you are seeking a gorgeous trail to get lost in nature minus the tourists, this is one of the better options near the Parkway. The hike consists of a simple half mile mile hike through the woods on a mostly flat gravel path. There is little elevation gain, and thus, this one should be easy enough for casual walkers. Because this path is so easy, it is a perfect option for families, seniors, and dog walkers, along with anyone else who wants to take it easy and enjoy nature.

Easy hike to Roaring Fork Falls in Burnsville, North Carolina
Exposed tree roots along the Roaring Fork Falls trail in Bursnville, NC

The ending payoff is a grand 100 foot waterfall surrounded by greenery. The many cascades create a picture-perfect sight which photographs beautifully. A truly beautiful wonder of nature with minimal effort required on your part. Water flow will be the strongest during the rainy spring/summer season, with fall being the most scenic time of year with lovely foliage encompassing the forest. Time your hike early in the morning for the best photos.

View of Lower Roaring Fork Falls in Burnsville, North Carolina
Photo opp at Roaring Fork Falls in Burnsville, North Carolina
Beautiful Roaring Fork Falls waterfall in Burnsville, North Carolina

Address & Parking info

Roaring Fork Falls is located at: 208 Busick Work Center Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714. There is a small dirt parking lot (no fee). You will see the trail sign across the street. The trail is well maintained and marked. Follow the signs to the falls. Arrive early to ensure parking.

Where to eat nearby

Assuming you are staying in Asheville, you will want to fuel up prior to hitting the road as the drive is just over an hour. A few great breakfast restaurants which open early include the following:

All Day Darling – Serves delicious Counter Culture coffee (a premier NC based roaster), fantastic bagel sandwiches and pastries. Also known for their Shashuka, a Middle Eastern dish featuring poached eggs in a savory tomato sauce, served with pita. Opens at 7am.

Patio dining at All Day Darling in Asheville, NC
Beautiful shady patio for the summer season
Shashuka at All Day Darling in Asheville, NC
Delicious Shashuka and an Americano

Abeja’s House Cafe – Decent Latin American restaurant serving a creative menu of Mexican breakfast dishes including Huevos Rancheros, tacos, and burritos. Many GF and vegetarian options. Opens at 7am.

Breakfast burrito at Abeja's House Cafe in Asheville, NC
Best breakfast burrito in town!
Huevos Rancheros at Abeja's House Cafe in Asheville, NC
Delicious GF Huevos Rancheros dish

City Bakery – Great local bakery and coffeehouse with 2 convenient locations including a spacious downtown cafe. Delicious coffee from local NC roaster Dynamite, awesome pastries (cinnamon rolls, croissants, poptarts). Opens at 7:30am.

City Bakery in downtown Asheville, North Carolina

What to do nearby

Check out downtown Black Mountain. This rustic Main Street features a number of local boutique shops, cafes, and galleries. It has been rated one of the prettiest small towns by Trip Advisor users. It’s a great place to stop for lunch after your hike. Treat yourself to a healthy sandwich and bowl of homemade soup at local favorite, the Veranda Cafe. If you need a pick me up, The Dripolator is a cozy local coffee hangout.

Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain, North Carolina
Beautiful Lake Tomahawk, just outside of downtown Black Mountain
Lunch at the Veranda Cafe in downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina
Lunch at the Veranda Cafe

Take a cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to fabulous overlooks of the mountains, there are a number of great attractions in the vicinity including Mt. Mitchell State Park (the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6684 feet) and Crabtree Falls (a moderate 2.5 mile loop to a breathtaking waterfall).

Gorgeous views at Mt. Mitchell State Park in Western North Carolina
Gorgeous views of the Black Mountains at Mt. Mitchell
Craggy Gardens overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina
One of many Parkway mountain overlooks