If you ever want to go on a waterfall hike but don’t feel like working too hard to get there, then Roaring Run Falls hike in Eagle Rock, Virginia is your answer. It is just a 40-mile drive from Roanoke. It’s a beautiful drive through Botetourt County. No need to worry about a parking fee, parking is free! It’s pretty easy to find via GPS and signs will guide you toward the parking lot. When you first arrive, you’ll be greeted by a sign and a set of restrooms (always good to know if there are restrooms!)
As far as the hike goes, you will be faced with a sign that offers three options:
- You can go left toward Iron Ore Junction Hoop Trail (3 miles each way)
- Straight to the streamside trail to the falls (.6 miles each way)
- Right to see the Roaring Run Furnace
If you are taking it easy, I would recommend you go straight toward the Roaring Run trails. We went on this hike this past weekend and the autumn colors were still pretty stunning. The walk is along the Roaring Run stream is pretty easy. Before you know it you are at a small waterfall, where in the summer you’ll see families sliding down the rocks in their bathing suits. Then, if you climb some stairs you turn a corner and see the main attraction: Roaring Run Falls. The stream and the falls are beautifully framed by the fall foliage.
Before you leave be sure to check out the Roaring Run Furnace and read about the historical significance of it.
Want to go?
Here is the address to plug into your GPS: 450 Roaring Run Rd, Eagle Rock, VA 24085
Check out our slideshow of our trip: