|3 hours and 45 minutes with 45 minutes of breaks
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Located deep in the South Toe River valley, the Black Mountain Campground is a hub of outdoor activity. While there you can camp, stroll to Setrock Creek Falls, swim in the South Toe River, or tackle difficult hikes to Green Knob and Mount Mitchell. However, the trails that encircle the campground outside of Setrock Creek Falls receive little traffic compared to the Mount Mitchell Trail. If you want to see the waterfall but are also in the mood for a longer hike, consider this loop around the South Toe River that includes the Lower River Loop, Devil’s Den Nature, Setrock Creek Falls, and River Loop Trails. During this hike you will have multiple opportunities to explore rocky beaches along the river and get occasional views of the high mountains surrounding the valley. Other than the waterfall portion, you will likely see few people on this hike despite its proximity to the campground. This is an excellent alternative to the difficult hikes in the area, especially on a cloudy day.
Alternate parking – You can also park at the Black Mountain Campground hiker’s lot which has been recently expanded to accommodate many cars.
Nearby hike options:
Green Knob Trail | Mount Mitchell Trail | Roaring Fork Falls