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Enjoy white-water (class II-III) adventures on the pristine Toe River located among Green Mountain in Mitchell County, NC with 3 whitewater trips to choose from giving all ages and experience levels options. NCOA uses inflatable kayaks, also known as funyaks or duckies for whitewater trips. These boats are very forgiving and hard to flip so they offer great stability.

A unique bonus when paddling the Toe River with NC Outdoor Adventures is we boast no bumper boats, NO CROWDS. Which means guests get to enjoy an increased chance to see the wildlife of Western North Carolina including trout, small mouth bass, eagles, an early morning bear, osprey, deer, beavers and perhaps even the elusive endangered Hellbender.
Fun fact: The Toe River is a world class trout stream, it is the headwaters for the Nolichucky River and is one of the last free flowing rivers in the USA!

Note trip lengths will vary based on water levels. Trips meet at NCOA’s outpost at 1173 Whitson Branch Rd. Bakersville, NC 28705. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Option 1: Toe River Gorge Trip

Join us for this whitewater express trip! This section features a mile of back to back class two rapids along the Toe River. We follow the trip with a brief stop to take a dip in the Red Hill swim hole before paddling a long section of flatwater. The end of the trip passes under one of the counties last remaining, functional suspension bridges. The suspension bridge makes a great place to stop and get friends and family pictures before and after your trip. The bridge is 100 yards walking distance from the NC Outdoors Outpost.

When: Daily April-October on the Toe River at 10am

Trip is a 2-3 hours

Who is this for: This is the trip for those looking for the wilder ride! Some paddle experience needed. Guests will find longer rapids that result in longer swims should you come out of your duck. Ages 12+. Our guides will do a brief kayak instruction and safety talk prior to reaching any whitewater.

Cost: $68 for adult or youth ducky.

Book Option 1

Option 2: Penland Boulder Garden Paddle
 in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. This section offers a number of short class II rapids spread out between sections of flat water. It is an ideal paddle trip for beginners with little to no experience and children. Time permitting, we make stops to explore old dams, Swiss Cheese jump off boulder, surf holes and the Penland Swim Hole.

Trip can be extended another 2-3 hours by adding in Option 3 (details below).

When: Daily April-October on the North Toe River at 2pm

Who is this for:  Ages 5+. No paddle experience needed.

Cost : $65 for adult or youth ducky. Children under 80 pounds must be in boat with parent/guardian, that cost is $45. Youths 80-100 pounds should book a youth kayak.
Parents must be confident in the ability of the child to paddle the duration of the trip. 

Book Option 2

Option 3: Toe River Full day Paddle with Lunch

This full day whitewater trip that includes lunch. This option includes the Penland Boulder Garden Trip above (Option 2). The next section of river includes one class II rapid and a stop at a mega 12-foot-tall boulder and rope swing. This pristine section ends near an abandoned highway and state bridge making a perfect spot to explore and get photos.

When:  Available by reservation only. Must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance. To guarantee availability please contact us a minimum of 7 days prior to your trip. Simply click the contact us button below.

Who is this for:  Ages 5+. No paddle experience needed.

Cost:  $90 or to add a child to your boat is $60

This trip takes place with a minimum of 2 participants.

Contact Us to reserve Option 3

Items to bring: swimsuit, sunscreen, towels, waterproof camera, water shoes, sunglasses with retention strap, extra contacts if you wear them, and any medicines you might need, and water. SHOES REQUIRED! FLIP FLOPS NOT ALLOWED! If you do not have some of these items most of them can be purchased at our office

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NC Outdoor Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Email: ncoadventures@gmail.com
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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