Deep River

Carbonton, North Carolina

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The Deep River begins west of Greensboro and above High Point. It flows southeast passing near Asheboro and turning east near High Falls, one of many small mill towns built on the banks of the Deep. It forms the border between Chatham and Lee Counties, and below Moncure the Deep meets the Haw to form the Cape Fear. In the 87 miles of paddling sections described from Worthville to Moncure, there are eight intact dams requiring portage. Many of them are used today to generate hydroelectric power. Iron and coal deposits along the Deep River in Chatham and Lee Counties were known to early settlers in the 1700s. Plans were made to exploit these deposits using locks and dams to make the river navigable down to the Cape Fear and on to the coast. The minerals proved to be difficult to extract in quantity, and making the river navigable so far upstream was beyond the resources available. Ruins of locks, dams, and furnaces can still be seen on the river. This eTrail contains 11 sections of the Deep River from Worthville Road (Randolph Co. 2122) bridge to Old US 1 (Lee Co. 1466) bridge at Moncure.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Deep River begins west of Greensboro and above High Point. It flows southeast passing near Asheboro and turning east near High Falls, one of many small mill towns built on the banks of the Deep. It forms the border between Chatham and Lee Counties, and below Moncure the Deep meets the Haw to form the Cape Fear.

In the 87 miles of paddling sections described from Worthville to Moncure, there are eight intact dams requiring portage. Many of them are used today to generate hydroelectric power. Iron and coal deposits along the Deep River in Chatham and Lee Counties were known to early settlers in the 1700s. Plans were made to exploit these deposits using locks and dams to make the river navigable down to the Cape Fear and on to the coast. The minerals proved to be difficult to extract in quantity, and making the river navigable so far upstream was beyond the resources available. Ruins of locks, dams, and furnaces can still be seen on the river. This eTrail contains 11 sections of the Deep River from Worthville Road (Randolph Co. 2122) bridge to Old US 1 (Lee Co. 1466) bridge at Moncure.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Carbonton
Distance: 87.2
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Pandleman, Grays Chapel, Ramseur, Coleridge, Bennett, Robbins, Putnam, White Hill, Goldston, Colon, Moncure, Marry Oaks
Driving Directions: Directions to Deep River

Recent Trail Reviews

11/10/2006
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Canoed the approximately 11 miles from Glendon-Carthage Road to Carbonton when the water flow as measured at Moncure was around 1,000 cfs - plenty high. The surprise upon arrival was that the dam at Carbonton is gone- removed spring 2006. A new access point has been created there and parking is great and put-in/take-out is adequate. Only problem for us was due to recent high water there was plenty of deep slick mud to trog through out of the river. Glad the bank was gently sloping. The character of this section of river wasn't much different from Ferguson's description even though it's no longer flat water. Only advice I would give is that it's essential to have a 100' rope to help get up and down the very steep embankment at the bridge on Glendon-Carthage Road. This is not an ideal place to access the river to say the least. Plenty of wildlife and very little evidence of development- only a few houses. Not sure what paddling conditions would be at lower water, but apparently not much different.



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