Uwharrie River

High Point, North Carolina

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The Uwharrie River begins in northwest Randolph County below High Point. It flows south and passes 10 miles west of Asheboro. Several miles southwest of Asheboro, the river enters Uwharrie National Forest boundaries. The Uwharrie River meets the Yadkin River below Falls Lake, in the backwater of Lake Tillery. The confluence forms the Pee Dee River, which flows through South Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean. The Uwharrie National Forest area is located where there were many prehistoric and historic settlements, and it has one of the greatest concentrations of archeological sites in the Southeast. The Uwharrie Mountains, rising about 1,000 feet above sea level, are remnants of ancient mountains believed to have been 20,000 feet high. In the early 1800s, gold was found in the Uwharries, with a later boom during the depression of the 1930s. Many old mining sites are near the Uwharrie River. Part-time prospectors still pan in the streams and find traces of gold. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Uwharrie River from NC 49 bridge to Forest Road 555 end.

Uwharrie River Professional Review and Guide

"The Uwharrie River begins in northwest Randolph County below High Point. It flows south and passes 10 miles west of Asheboro. Several miles southwest of Asheboro, the river enters Uwharrie National Forest boundaries. The Uwharrie River meets the Yadkin River below Falls Lake, in the backwater of Lake Tillery. The confluence forms the Pee Dee River, which flows through South Carolina to the Atlantic Ocean. The Uwharrie National Forest area is located where there were many prehistoric and historic settlements, and it has one of the greatest concentrations of archeological sites in the Southeast.

The Uwharrie Mountains, rising about 1,000 feet above sea level, are remnants of ancient mountains believed to have been 20,000 feet high. In the early 1800s, gold was found in the Uwharries, with a later boom during the depression of the 1930s. Many old mining sites are near the Uwharrie River. Part-time prospectors still pan in the streams and find traces of gold. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Uwharrie River from NC 49 bridge to Forest Road 555 end."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: High Point
Distance: 29.1
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Farmer, Eleazer, Handy, Badin, Lovejoy
Driving Directions: Directions to Uwharrie River

Recent Trail Reviews

11/30/2005
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Sections 3–4 Update: The NC 109 bridge has been replaced. The old roadbed remains and paddlers report access is easier than in the past. A gravel road leads under the bridge. Section 4 Update: Forest Route 555 goes through private property about a quarter- mile before it ends near the take-out. The property owner had problems with trash and misuse of the land. The Forest Service has placed a locked gate across Route 555, making a difficult portage necessary from the take-out to the gate. Unless you are prepared to make a quarter-mile portage, do not run Section 4.



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