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.
I want to do it again, but start earlier so I can do the entire loop. Only a 3+ mile trail, but you definitely need full daylight. The drive in includes abut 6 miles of gravel road and 2 single lane bridges. I missed any signage indicating where the trail started, and eventually was told by a hunter to go back to the campground (1/2 football field sized area on the right as your driving on the gravel). Trail is unmarked but can be found at the back of this field. Two choices: Quite a steep entry, or to the left are switchbacks. I'd recommend the switchbacks.
BEAUTIFUL, and well worth the effort.
This is a very enjoyable, well maintained and pretty 3.5 mile loop. The first half includes a climb and then a descent back to the river. There are good views of the river from above and Mt. Mitchell from directly below. After crossing the bridge, the trail then returns mostly at river level. Don't miss the short spur to Setrock Falls just before making it back. You also pass the trailhead for the strenuous Mt. Mitchell trail near the Black Mountain Campground. I will hopefully be back for that one day.
Nice trail. Very secluded.
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.