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Whitewater Rafting / Canoeing

The Toe River Canoe Trail runs 37 miles down the North Toe River from Riverside Park in Spruce Pine to Poplar. The trail travels through class I, II and III rapids, passing primarily undeveloped forest and farmland. There are beautiful scenic views of mountains, rapids and valleys. Many kinds of wildlife can be spotted along the way, including Great Blue Herons, ducks, hawks, ospreys, turtles, fish and amphibians.

Lake Access

Lake access is within 30 minutes of Mitchell County. Lake James offers leisure boating, skiing, jet skiing, and fishing.


Grassy Creek Golf Course and Country Club is located on Highway 226. The eighteen hole, par seventy-two-championship course is open to the public and offers amenities that include a driving range, pro shop, restaurant, and clubhouse.

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing is excellent in Mitchell County. The avid outdoorsman may experience an opportunity to hunt deer, racoon, small game, turkey and grouse. Creeks, rivers, and their tributaries offer excellent fishing holes that are classified as native trout waters. The North Toe is a great spot to catch Muskie, as well as small and large-mouth bass. The Towns of Bakersville and Spruce Pine offer fishing access from their public parks.