River Loop

Yancey County, North Carolina

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain1,251ft
Trailhead Elevation2,996ft
Top3,258ft
Elevation Min/Max2996/3258ft
Elevation Start/End2996/2996ft

River Loop

River Loop is a hiking trail in Yancey County, North Carolina. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 2,996 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,251 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: South Toe River Road, Briar Bottom and Green Ridge.

River Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This fun hike circles the upper South Toe River as it flows beneath the shadow of Mount Mitchell. The walking is not too steep or long, and includes a side trip to 60-foot Setrock Creek Falls. You will first climb away from the river, then walk along wooded slopes and brushy bluffs before descending to span the South Toe River on a bridge.

This hike starts at Black Mountain Recreation Area, a concentration of recreation opportunities in the Pisgah National Forest along the South Toe River, at the base of Mount Mitchell. This area includes a large-group campground as well as an additional campground for individual campers. A fine network of trails laces South Toe River valley, including North Carolina’s master path—the Mountains-to-Sea Trail—and a track leading to the top of Mount Mitchell, as well as trails for casual bicyclists."

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Trail Information

Yancey County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov
Local Contacts
National Geographic #779 Linville Gorge, Mount Mitchell Pisgah National Forest; USGS Old Fort, Celo
Local Maps