Beating The Heat At Roaring Run Falls

It’s 90 degrees outside and the humidity is engulfing you. The pools are crowded, the river is filled with paddlers, so what do you do? Why not escape the heat with family, friends, and even pets at Roaring Run Falls.

Tucked away in the George Washing and Jefferson National Forests, Roaring Run Recreation Area is set among large shady hemlocks and birches on the creek’s edge, and boasts spectacular waterfalls and swimming holes. Two trails lead you to the falls, creating a 1.5 mile family-friendly loop nature walk.

Make your way up to Roaring Run Falls using the Streamside Trail. You’ll be treated to rustic stone bridges, sheer rock faces, and the sound of roaring water, as you walk alongside Roaring Run Creek. Jump in and go swimming at one of the many swimming holes or be adventurous and slide down from one of the natural water slides. Bask in the refreshing waters under the cool shady trees.

Not up for swimming today? Cast your fishing lines in Roaring Run Creek, a well know trout fishing stream with a natural water slide at lower levels.

Want to get some history while you’re at it? Take the Woodland Trail down, as it travels into the shaded forest, passing a panoramic overlook and the Historic Roaring Run Furnace. The Furnace is a 19th century iron furnace on the National Register of Historic Places.

Make your way back to the picnic rest area (don’t worry, they have bathrooms available), to enjoy a well-deserved lunch right by the creek before heading home!

Remember, safety first! Keep in mind that some of the rocks are very slippery, so play and swim at your own risk. Always be mindful of the safety and warning signs.


Essentials To Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Shoes with good grips (rocks can be slippery)
  • Camera (don’t forget to capture your day)
  • Cooler with food, water, and snacks
  • Sunscreen and bug spray

Directions to Roaring Run Falls: From Eagle Rock, VA take US 220 north and turn left on Craig Creek Road (SR 615). Continue for 5.5 miles. Turn right on Roaring Run Road (SR 621). Travel one mile to entrance of Roaring Run Day Use Area.

About Mariana Toledo

Mariana Toledo joined the Botetourt Team in 2015, with extensive experience in Communications and Marketing. Whether floating the Upper James or hiking the trails, Mariana is a champion for anything "Botetourt outdoors." Dog cuddler, craft beer lover, coffee enthusiast, and forever a travel nomad, she believes that no adventure is a small adventure.

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