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Enjoy a white-water (class II-III) adventure on the Pristine Toe River in Mitchell County NC with 2 trips to choose from: option 1 good for ages 13+, option 2 ages 5+ no experience needed! A unique bonus when paddling the Toe River with Thrifty Adventures is, we boast no bumper boats, NO CROWDS. What this means for guests is an increased chance to see wildlife including trout, small mouth bass, eagles, osprey, deer, beavers and perhaps even the elusive endangered Hellbender. To note 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 (not dammed) rivers in the USA!!!!

Note trip lengths will vary based on water levels.

NEW TRIP Option 1: Toe River Gorge Trip

Are you looking for wild ride? Join our guides as we paddle the Toe Gorge!  Head down the Toe River towards a solid mile of back to back class II rapids. We make a stop at the Red Hill swimming hole for a quick dip before paddling a long section of flatwater to our takeout in Green Mountain. It may just be the ride of your life.

When: April-October on the Toe River.

Trip is a 2-3 hour guided trip and takes place daily at 9 AM.

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.

Option 2: Penland Boulder Garden Paddle in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. We use inflatable kayaks, also known as funyaks or duckies. These boats are very forgiving and hard to flip so they offer great stability. We will stop a couple times to explore the boulders including an old dam built in the 1949 and a stop at a boulder where you jump off into a swimming hole! This trip has several class II, II+ and one class III rapid in higher water.

When: April-October on the North Toe River. Trip is a 3 hour GUIDED trip that takes place daily at 12:30 PM

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

Cost : $68 for adult or youth ducky. Children under 80 pounds must be in boat with parent/guardian, that cost is $48. 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.

This trip takes place with a minimum of 2 participants. If two people do not book we will reach out to you with additional booking options ????

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