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.
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."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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