The river just kept flowing over bedrock for as far as we could see and the going was still fairly easy. The reason for this is that in 1916, the earthen dam at Lake Toxaway broke and all that water came gushing down the river. Before that, Toxaway Falls and the river below was lined with thick vegetation, but all of that was washed away.

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

From here, the river widened and became remarkably calm. Our best bet for continuing was wading in the knee to thigh deep water and we found the river bed to now be lined by a layer of silt. Towards the end of this section we could see another drop off and it was at this point that we noticed the (old) State Park boundary. The drop turned out to be a small cascade and from here, the river took a little 'S' turn forming a couple of small pools. We then encountered 2 more chute areas, the second one being the longest. The next 2 photos show the beginning and end of the second chute. Both emptied into long narrow deep pools.

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

Toxaway River - Gorges State Park

On the next page we pass through 'The Narrows'

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