River Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, NC that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Excellent trail in South Toe River Valley near Black Mountain Campground.
Start was uphill... However, trail was magnificent.
Nice easy trail for families. Starts at parking area and climbs up moderately then follows above the Toe River. Well kept trail, no technical parts, well marked. Trail comes to bridge where you cross the Toe River. Then later you cross two small streams. It took about 2 hours for our family (a 3 year old and 10 year old) to walk it. It ends in the campground. You literally walk by Setrock Creek Falls on your way back to parking area so you should make a detour, see this pretty fall and cool off.
This is a very enjoyable loop trail. Not too much vertical, nice river views, close to Blue Ridge Parkway and approximately 3.5 miles in length. Park at trailhead near Black Mountain Campground. Several other hiking options from this trailhead.