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."