Roaring Fork Creek Falls in the Pisgah National Forest is a long cascade of about 100 ft. (about 50 ft. high) in a very beautiful setting. Located just two miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway via NC Highway 80, it's at the base of Mt. Mitchell and next to the Mount Mitchell Golf Club Resort.
It is along the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway and about seven miles from Crabtree Falls. Nearby (2.5-mile drive) is another easy hike to Setrock Creek Falls, so you can quickly see two waterfalls in one trip.
The half-mile hike to the waterfall is easy up a mostly flat forest service road. So it's quick and easy to enjoy! Roaring Fork Creek feeds into the nearby Toe River and the falls is surrounded by rhododendron. We took our photos after a week of heavy rain. The water flow is usually less and very weak after a dry spell.
Directions: From the intersection of NC 80 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive 2.2 miles north on NC 80 and turn left onto South Toe River Road (look for the sign for Black Mountain Campground). Cross the bridge and turn left toward Busick Work Center. Park on the left at the gated entrance to the center. You will see the sign for the half-mile trail to the falls on the right. After passing some old concrete bunkers formerly used to store explosives, you will see a small bridge and trail on the right by a stream. After a short walk, you will arrive at the base of the waterfall.
Watch our video of Roaring Fork Falls:
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