South Toe River Loop Trail

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South Toe River Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 479 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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Excellent trail in South Toe River Valley near Black Mountain Campground.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike. Moderate. Plenty of water and woods.

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3 months ago

Easy trail that goes along the river shore. There is a section where you have to cross the river and you may have to take your shoes off

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5 months ago

I loved this trail. So much to see and so green and beautiful. Lots of mushrooms. I hiked in the rain and I do believe it made it more magical.

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6 months ago

decent hike for the first 3/4 then finished along a fire road if the river with few views

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6 months ago

Beautiful trail that follows the river.

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Sun Nov 18 2018

Loved it! A bit of a challenge with the leaves on the ground and the past rains make the trail a bit slippery!

Wed Jul 04 2018

Clearly marked trail! Loved the river!

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Fri Jun 22 2018

My wife and I took our two small dogs along this trail around noon in the summer of 2018. The trail offered a lot of shade in most spots and takes you along the river for the majority of the trail. We saw some small wildlife and some sign of other larger animals. Some parts of the trail had some loose ground, so be cautious in some areas with your footing. We had one small crossing where some backwater had made a mud hole, so if you have kids or small pets, be ready for toweling off at the car. There are fantastic views of the river from the two bridges and there are some small areas where you can wade out into the shallower sections if you can handle the cold water. During the spring and summer be on the lookout for ticks, and most of the trail is tightly bordered with ferns and small dense foliage. Overall it was brisk and relaxing walk with excellent scenery. In my opinion, I would definitely do this walk again in a different season to get some great photos.

Sat Mar 31 2018

Great trail. Round trip is actually around 4 miles. Still nice walk and a great hike. This is on our list to revisit.

Wed Jan 24 2018

ive hiked this trail alot. its very enjoyable!

Tue Jan 23 2018

Great trail

Sat Nov 11 2017

Will definitely come back. Beautiful spot. Be very careful the trail signs and markings are NOT clear

hiking
Fri Jun 02 2017

A gorgeous late spring hike! Mountain laurel in bloom and Reishi Mushroom Wonderland! The dogs had lots of opportunities for cool dips in the river. just the right amount of challenge for a journey-oriented hike.

Mon May 29 2017

Amazing

Tue Oct 25 2016

GREAT TRAIL! 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.

hiking
Sun Oct 23 2016

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.

hiking
Sat Oct 22 2016

Nice trail. Very secluded.

Tue Sep 15 2015

Start was uphill... However, trail was magnificent.

hiking
Thu Jun 25 2015

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.

hiking
Fri May 18 2012

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.

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