North Toe River and Toe River Avery CR 1164 Bridge at Minneapolis to National Forest Service NFS Put-In at Poplar

Minneapolis, North Carolina

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The North Toe heads up east of Minneapolis in the vicinity of Newland. It moves south through a mountainous area until it turns west entering the Toe Valley, which is widely known for its mineral deposits. Below the junction with the South Toe, the river gets considerably wider and becomes known as the Toe. From the Toe’s confluence with the Cane the Nolichucky is born. There are several areas of outstanding scenic beauty, in particular the rock formations between the US 19 East bridges just north and south of Ingalls. Unfortunately, much of the natural beauty is marred by the grayish color of the water from Spruce Pine down the rest of the river. This is the result of the many mica mines and feldspar plants in the area. Although the quality of the water is rather poor, it has improved considerably.
Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

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Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

by Bob and David Benner (Menasha Ridge Press)

The North Toe heads up east of Minneapolis in the vicinity of Newland. It moves south through a mountainous area until it turns west entering the Toe Valley, which is widely known for its mineral deposits. Below the junction with the South Toe, the river gets considerably wider and becomes known as the Toe.

From the Toe’s confluence with the Cane the Nolichucky is born. There are several areas of outstanding scenic beauty, in particular the rock formations between the US 19 East bridges just north and south of Ingalls. Unfortunately, much of the natural beauty is marred by the grayish color of the water from Spruce Pine down the rest of the river. This is the result of the many mica mines and feldspar plants in the area. Although the quality of the water is rather poor, it has improved considerably.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Minneapolis
Distance: 65.1
Elevation Loss: 138 feet
Duration: 8 sections that take 30 hours to paddle
Class: Class I-III
Local Maps: Newland, Carvers Gap, Spruce Pine. Linville Falls, Micaville, Bakersville, Burnsville, Huntdale (USGS); Avery, Mitchell, Yancey (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to North Toe River and Toe River: Avery CR 1164 Bridge at Minneapolis to National Forest Service (NFS) Put-In at Poplar

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