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“Big falls” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Roaring River Falls

Roaring River Falls
47050 Generals Highway, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA 93271-9700
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Keswick, Ontario, Canada
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Big falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

It was a very short hike to the falls and even in September when there wasn't much water elsewhere there was still a good flow over these falls! You can walk down the rocks right to the water. Beautiful place to rest and cool down

Visited September 2013
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Waterford, Michigan
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“Beautiful waterfalls and surrounding pool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

So tempting to just jump in the water, but I knew the current wasn't safe. Beautiful scenery. Makes you wish your lungs could hold more air for the big sighs you take while there.

Visited July 2013
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“Not even a 3 minute walk from the parking lot.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We opted for driving from Zumwalt Meadows to here because my kids had had enough of walking for the day! You park at the little parking lot provided and not even 3 minutes later up a concrete walk way you arrive at the falls.
They were not very huge, but we were there in July of 2013 and it was said that the snow fall was very light and that affects the amount of water. It was still very beautiful though, an although cautioned NOT to go down and into the water we did. It was so freezing cold that it hurt all the way down to your bones!

Visited July 2013
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Tustin, California
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“Don’t miss the excellent hiking trail that connects to the Roaring Rivers walkway!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Located in the Cedar Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park, the River Trail is a relatively little-used but very worthwhile hiking trail that connects two popular destinations, Roaring River Falls and Zumwalt Meadow.

One of the reasons this trail is not heavily used is a clear lack of publicity in the two publications that are provided to all park visitors. It’s not mentioned in the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Service (NPS) Visitor Guide, and it is outlined but is not labeled on the map in the official Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPS pamphlet. It’s a shame, because the trail provides for quite a nice hike.

You can leave your vehicle in the parking area for Roaring River Falls. About two-thirds of the way up the paved trail to Roaring River Falls you will see the beginning of the River Trail on your left. From that trailhead you will descend toward the road along a fairly exposed path. After you ascend and descend a rocky hill you will enter a forested area where the trail runs largely parallel to the south fork of the Kings River (hence the name of the trail). Here the environment changes radically as you hike among the tall cedars with many excellent views of the river. The plant life is abundant here; one way you can tell the trail is lightly used is that in several spots the trail is obscured by the overgrown ferns (so if you’re the type who gets really creeped out by plants brushing up against your legs, then this trail might not be for you).

As you near the end you’ll climb one more knoll, soon after which you’ll see a suspension bridge that marks the end of the trail. At this point you’ll have several choices: if you need a restroom, you can proceed across the bridge and walk about a quarter mile to the Zumwalt Meadow parking lot; or, you can go straight ahead about 0.3 miles to the Zumwalt Meadow trail; or, you can turn around and head back, which is what we did. If you select the latter option, the hike is right around three miles in length, up-and-back.

We hiked this relatively easy trail on a Saturday during June and saw only one other group of hikers, so this is an excellent choice if you would like a little solitude. And, the wonderful sights and sounds of the Kings River make this a very satisfying hike.

Visited June 2013
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Rego Park, New York
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“Nice Water Fall at the end of”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

It is the end of the King Canyon Scenic Byway. The drive itself was amazing. beautifull view everywhere. we kept saying WOW.
The fall was Just a short walk from the parking lot. Beautifull surrounding. I enjoy the ride and the water fall was a nice bonus

Visited June 2013
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