Mitchell River

Elkin, North Carolina

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The Mitchell River watershed begins at an elevation above 3,000 feet on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Alleghany County, northeast of Stone Mountain State Park. It flows southeast without passing through any towns and joins the Yadkin River, 5 miles northeast of Elkin. The Mitchell River, upstream of the South Fork, is classified as Outstanding Resource Waters. The South Fork brings in much sediment. Efforts are underway to restore the South Fork. The Piedmont Land Conservancy is working with public agencies, private organizations, and landowners to secure permanent protection along the Mitchell River. Several tracts have already been conserved. This eTrail contains 2 sections of the Mitchell River from Kapps Mills Road (Surry Co. 1330) bridge to NC 268 bridge.

Mitchell River Professional Review and Guide

"The Mitchell River watershed begins at an elevation above 3,000 feet on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Alleghany County, northeast of Stone Mountain State Park. It flows southeast without passing through any towns and joins the Yadkin River, 5 miles northeast of Elkin. The Mitchell River, upstream of the South Fork, is classified as Outstanding Resource Waters.

The South Fork brings in much sediment. Efforts are underway to restore the South Fork. The Piedmont Land Conservancy is working with public agencies, private organizations, and landowners to secure permanent protection along the Mitchell River. Several tracts have already been conserved. This eTrail contains 2 sections of the Mitchell River from Kapps Mills Road (Surry Co. 1330) bridge to NC 268 bridge."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Elkin
Distance: 13.7
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Bottom, Elkin North
Driving Directions: Directions to Mitchell River

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May 2018