Black Mountain / South Toe River Area


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.

General Information

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Appalachian Ranger District
(828) 689-9694


Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

No trace horse hints

  • Take only fit, calm, experienced animals.
  • Stay on the trail, and ride in single file.
  • Water horses at natural fords or from a bucket.
  • Keep stock tethered at least 200 feet away from streams and away from trails and campsites.
  • Avoid temporarily tying stock to trees. Use a highline with tree-saver straps to tether your animal. This prevents stock from trampling roots and chewing bark.
  • Break up and scatter manure and fill in pawed holes when breaking camp.
  • Pack some grain, since grazing is limited. Be certain that feed is weed-free to prevent noxious plants from spreading.

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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 and clothing


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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