Field Trip: Waterfalls and Rosebay

July 1, 2018 all-day
Along NC 80
Everette Robinson


Field Trip: Waterfalls and Rosebay

with Everette Robinson 

Plan to join Everette as he leads this exceptional area around Highway NC 80.  Field Trip—Waterfalls and Rosebay-NC 80

Date: Sunday, July 1. Meeting Time and Place-9:00 AM at parking area outside Black Mountain Campground near information board. Driving Time from Asheville: One hour 45 minutes to 2 hours. Field Trip Leader: Everette Robinson e-mail: cell phone day of trip: 828-545-1369

Recommended apparel: Hiking boots or shoes with good tread. It should be warm, but have a jacket in the car. Bring rain gear–Even though we won’t be far from the cars, we’ll be far enough to get soaked in a good downpour.

Recommended equipment: The widest angle lens you have this side of fisheye, tripod, polarizer, neutral density filter, telephoto lens for isolation shots or possible wildlife.

Description: NC 80 runs alongside the Black Mountains, the highest range east of the Mississippi River. Our plan is to see three pretty waterfalls in the area, chosen for their combination of beauty and ease of access. The first two waterfalls will be in the general vicinity of the Black Mountain Campground, while the last one will be in a separate location roughly five miles away. The goal is to catch the waterfalls with the blooming rosebay rhododendron complementing their beauty.

Directions: NC 80 is accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 344.1), US 19 in Micaville, or US 70 in Marion. The turn to the Black Mountain Campground is 2.2 miles north (toward Burnsville) of the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC 80. Turn onto SR 1205, South Toe River Road, and you will immediately see the marked turn to Roaring Fork Falls, our second stop, but continue on for 2.19 miles to a fork in the road, which has changed from paved to gravel. Take a right at the fork and reach the Black Mountain Campground in another 0.6 mile. Park on the left just before the entrance. 

Duration/Difficulty: You’ll probably want to hang around for all three waterfalls, but the day will be structured so participants can opt out at any time. Waterfall #1—Setrock Creek Falls-An easy one-mile round-trip through the edge of the Black Mountain Campground to a 60-foot multi-level waterfall. Waterfall #2—Roaring Fork Falls-An easy 1.25-mile round-trip from the Brunswick parking area to the base of a gorgeous 70-foot cascading waterfall. Waterfall #3—White Oak Falls-Roughly 10 feet high at its main level, this beautiful waterfall occurs in a very picturesque setting. The waterfall is only a stone’s throw away from the parking area at the end of White Oak Creek Road. Though all the waterfalls are rated easy, please be advised that any waterfall by definition involves elevation changes with drops and climbs, jagged rocks, strong currents, and slippery terrain with potentially tricky footing. Do not let the beauty you are seeing distract you from care and caution. Participants should bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. There are no facilities in the immediate area. Depending upon the make-up of the group, I estimate the day’s activities to be over between 1:00 and 3:00. There may be additional options to expand the day for those with higher hiking ability and interest. Due to limited parking, I am restricting the group to 10 participants (or 15 with carpooling).