This past week in Roanoke has been almost unbearable thanks to our unwanted friend, humidity. The pools and rivers have been crowded with folks trying to beat the southern heat. So what is one to do? My choice was to avoid the crowds and go to the natural waterfalls and swimming holes of Roaring Run Falls.
Before heading out to the Falls, we (the boyfriend and I) stopped at one of my favorite local markets located in Fincastle, VA , The Heritage Family Market. They have the best homemade sandwiches! Talk about taking you back to your childhood. This place has walls and walls lined with candies, dried nuts, chocolate covered goodies, juices, teas, and their deli sections can make you a sandwich to go. If you all have some extra time, I also highly recommend you check out the historic Town of Fincastle. A cute little town over the hill with some amazing historic architecture.
After we were done scarfing everything down in the truck, we made our way to the Jefferson National Forest. 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.
We made our way up the falls using the streamside trail. I love the sound of roaring water and this this would be a nice tranquil nature walk up to the falls. Along the streamside trail we came across nature at its best. There were stone bridges, rock faces, and my favorite – roaring waters. There were some swimmers and even fishermen taking advantage of the falls as we crossed a few foot bridges to make my way up to one of the falls and tried to bask in the refreshing waters under the cool shady trees. No regrets here.
After a few hours of rambling and playing about the falls, we decided to take the wooded trail back down to the parking lot and rest area. If you like history, then this is the perfect trail for you! As you take the wooded trail back down, it travels into the shaded forest (a bonus on a hot day), passing a panoramic overlook and the Historic Roaring Run Iron Furnace. The Furnace is a 19th century iron furnace which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We had some fun exploring this area and reading about how the furnace operated.
After a nice long day of outdoor rec, we packed up the car and made the trek back home to Roanoke. A day well spent playing in the woods!
Essentials To Pack
* Towels (one extra for the ride back in the car)
* Cooler with water and snacks
* Bug Spray and sunscreen
* Shoes with good grips (the rocks can be very slippery)
* Camera (for taking awesome images)
Directions To Roaring Run: 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