Black Mountain / South Toe River Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: FOREST CLOSURE ORDER- BIG IVY AND SOUTH TOE AREAS: 8/27/2021 ORDER NO. 08-11-08-21-119 The following roads and areas are under Federal Forest Closure Order: South Toe River Road- Road #472- open to Black Mountain Campground, closed at gate 2 miles past campground; no access to Blue Ridge Parkway Horseback riders Non-motorized or wheeled conveyance (bicycles) All motorized vehicles Being on the road. 36 CFR 261.54(e) This includes but is not limited to pedestrians.  Camping. 36 CFR 261.58(e) Exceptions: Persons hiking South River Loop Trail (FST 200) may cross South Toe Road (FSR 472) only where South River Loop Trail and the location of South Toe Road (FSR 472) intersect.

General Information

General Notes:

Appalachian Ranger District
(828) 689-9694


Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Trail Difficulty

Easy: Route is easy to find and follow; trail has a less than 8 percent grade; length is less than 3 miles; trail is mostly flat with few rocks.

Moderate: Route may or may not be blazed; most of the trail has a less than 20 percent grade; length is usually between 2 and 8 miles; trail may be rocky and have stream crossings.

Difficult: Route may require pathfinding skills; most of the trail has a 20 percent or steeper grade; length is usually more than 8 miles; trail is rocky and uneven and may have stream crossings.

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Safety Information

Carry Essentials

  • Map & compass (know how to use them)
  • Sharp knife
  • Small flashlight
  • Whistle (outlasts your voice in an emergency)
  • Waterproof matches
  • First aid kit, include sunscreen
  • Water (2-3 quarts per person per day
  • Space blanket or poncho
  • Nylon cord (for emergency shelter among other uses)
  • Extra food & clothing


Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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