Outdoor Activities


You are invited to the Todd Island Park re-opening event! Join us April 27, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, for guided tours and educational materials to learn about the multi-year, multi-agency restoration project and help us celebrate our treasured community resource. Click here to learn more.

The Island portion of the park will be open to the public daily dawn until dusk beginning Saturday, April 29. Some areas of the island have been designated for fishing only moving forward. Signage will designate these areas. Also, Stay on the Path signs will be installed so that people (and their furry friends) using the park do not trample the new plantings. We ask that you stay on the paths. 


The Todd area of the NC High Country is known for many types of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, biking, fishing, tubing and kayaking. Below are some helpful resources as you plan your trip.


Todd is known as a scenic biking area great for families or serious bikers. Railroad Grade Road runs for 10 miles one way between Todd and the next town over, Fleetwood. Bikers enjoy the level road which was the old railroad bed and follows along the river. Bring your own bike and rent one at RiverGirl.  Here are some other great biking routes at the link below:

Biking in the High Country


Todd’s Railroad Grade Road is a frequent running course for individuals and competitive races. The New River Marathon, 10k, 5k and Fun Run is held in Todd in May each year. Join the run or come as a spectator.  Learn more at: New River Marathon


Hikers enjoy the many trails throughout the High Country. Here is a list of links with popular hiking trails:


Whether you prefer to float or paddle, tubing and kayaking are the highlights of many visits. Local outfitters will take you upstream and you can leisurely float or paddle back to your starting point while enjoying the natural beauty and peaceful surroundings. Here are two local outfitters who can get you on your way:


Fishing in the South Fork of the New River, which runs through the middle of Todd, is a favorite activity nearly year round. Todd has several public access fishing locations – one near downtown and one at Todd Island Park. The Todd Island Park, owned and maintained by the Todd Community Preservation Organization, is part of the delayed harvest fishing program and is stocked regularly with brook, brown and rainbow trout. To learn more about this program and the fishing rules and regulations, read our blog post here or  visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at www.ncwildlife.org.

Here is a list of area public fishing locations: High Country public fishing locations

To learn more about fly fishing lessons or guided fishing tours near Todd, visit: RiverGirl Fishing