Despite Dams, Toxaway River Remains Wild


Last updated 2/15/2021 at 2:34pm

The Toxaway River is one of the wildest rivers in North Carolina, known for it's steep gorges and rocky waters filled with boulders. (Courtesy Photos by David Whitmire)

On still nights from my house, I can hear Toxaway Falls at over 1.25 miles away when the river runs full. The Toxaway River is a loud river. In its 9-mile course from its beginning off the south side of Toxaway Mountain, until it is silenced by Lake Jocassee, it is not a chattering stream, it is a screaming torrent.

The Toxaway emerges from springs and creeks at an elevation of 3,900 feet, and it falls in 9 miles to the lowest elevation in Transylvania County, 1,100ft. That is a 2,800-foot drop, with a ridiculous average of 312-foot drop in a mile. Considering the river rests for 2.30 mi...

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