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North Carolina whitewater, North Toe River

Avery county, Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     10 miles
The take out is at BENT RD not Bush!!!!! Says Horhay

This section of North Toe River is 10 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.
    The campgrounds here at North Toe River are pretty good. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for
that. The Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The nature scenery of Avery County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Boone, there's a road map further down the page with more info  
on that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
North Toe River is right by the Laurel Fork Trail, and the snow is delightful at Sugar Mountain. Man, is there loads of cool stuff to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. People from Newland love to come to North Toe River; Buck Hill Gap is a good location to spend some time. This river is so good. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Bald Mountain Trail, and Upper Bend is an interesting location to stop at while at North Toe River. Roan Mountain State Park is both glorious and lovely, and it's in the vicinity of North Toe River.

North Toe River, Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near North Toe River.
 Whitewater Near North Toe River:
North Toe River, Avery County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
Catawba River - North Fork, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Linville)
Linville River, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Catawba River - North Fork, McDowell County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Elk River, Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.4 miles long (Route 1326 to Route 1305)
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
 Ski Areas Near North Toe River:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 35 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near North Toe River:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 19 miles away
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near North Toe River:
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 4 miles away
Banner Haven Bed And Breakfast, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
Best Western Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
Jackalope's Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Toe River:
Buckhill Campground, Plumtree, 2 miles away
Linville Falls Trailer Lodge, Linville Falls, 5 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Linville Falls, Linville Falls, 6 miles away
 Trails Near North Toe River:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 13 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 14 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 15 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 16 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Toe River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 44 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 13 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North Toe River:
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Spruce Pine , 7 miles away
Grassy Creek Golf Course, Spruce Pine , 8 miles away
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near North Toe River
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 13 miles away
Lake James, Burke , 18 miles away

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