The South Toe River area is on the Appalachian Ranger District near Burnsville, NC. This area includes the Black Mountains, the Blue Ridge, and the headwaters of the South Toe River. The Black Mountains, capped with a forest of red spruce and Fraser fir, are named for the resulting dark color. Along the South Toe River, you can camp, picnic, fish, swim, tube, bike, and horseback ride.
Went to scope out this little section of Pisgah this weekend; the weather had been a deterrent for most and we didn’t run into a single other person on the trail. The road that runs along the South Toe River is flat and well maintained; it was closed so we hoofed it a ways. We stumbled upon what appeared to be an abandoned ranger station, and spent most of the afternoon lazily lounging along the river. The roadside campsites are a little overgrown but certainly enticing, and most are close enough to the water that one could cast a line from their tent. The only downfall was that the parking lot is still under construction, and the road is currently closed, making for limited access from Burnsville. I can’t wait to go back.