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U.S. Forest Service

Southern Region Viewing Area


pink lady slippers. Pink lady slippers.

Roaring Run Falls. Roaring Run Falls.

Roaring Run Furnace. Roaring Run Furnace.

showy orchis. Showy orchis.

Roaring Run Wildflower Trail

Forest: George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

District: New Castle Ranger District

Description: This is an excellent hiking trail for members of the whole family, young and old alike. The easy, well marked trail begins at an historic iron furnace and winds back and forth along Roaring Run. You will pass rock walls and cascading water, ending at beautiful Roaring Run Falls. Five footbridges let you look down into the whirling waters. In the springtime a magnificent display of wildflowers lines the trail. You will see pink ladies-slippers, gaywings, devil’s bit, wild ginger, showy orchis, and a variety of violets, as well as many other plants.

Safety First: There are several bridges crossing Roaring Run, each has several steps at each end. At one point on the trail there is a steep set of stairs with handrails. Beware of slippery rocks and please stay on the trail. There is a safe viewing area at the falls. Do not attempt to climb the rocks around the falls as they wet, slippery, and very dangerous. Always carry a snack, water and a light raincoat, and wear (comfortable) hiking boots, when hiking.

Directions: To get to Roaring Run from Interstate-64 between Clifton Forge and Covington, take Exit 2. Go south on SR 696 for 0.3 miles. Turn right on SR 616 (Rich Patch Road) and drive 5.4 miles. Turn left on SR 621 (Roaring Run Road) and go 3.2 miles to recreation area entrance.

To get to Roaring Run from Interstate-81, take exit 167 into Buchanan. In Buchanan, take SR 43 northwest to Eagle Rock. At Eagle Rock, cross the James River on SR 870 then take SR 220 north a short distance to SR 615. Take SR 615 west for 7 miles. Go right on SR 621 (Roaring Run Road) and go about 1 mile to recreation area.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, New Castle Ranger District.

Closest Town: Covington, Virginia.

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