Uwharrie River NC 49 Bridge to Morrow Mountain State Park, Directly Across Lake Tillery from the Mouth of the Uwharrie

Ophir, North Carolina

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The Uwharrie heads up west of Asheboro and flows generally south through the Uwharrie Mountains and across portions of the Uwharrie National Forest before it flows into Lake Tillery. The river meanders gently through small floodplains and steep valley walls, which present some very scenic bluffs. The streambed is primarily one of long pools with occasional ripples. The area is widely known for its gold-mining activity. North Carolina’s first deep gold mines were found in Montgomery County in the early 1820s. In fact, several mines were worked along the river itself late in the nineteenth century. The largest of these was the Coggins Mine, just up CR 1301, west of the river. This was the most important mine in the state from 1915 until the late 1920s. The paddler may want to bring along a pan and take a longer-than-usual lunch break. His or her findings may pay for the gas to run the shuttle—one way, that is!

Uwharrie River: NC 49 Bridge to Morrow Mountain State Park, Directly Across Lake Tillery from the Mouth of the Uwharrie Professional Review and Guide

"The Uwharrie heads up west of Asheboro and flows generally south through the Uwharrie Mountains and across portions of the Uwharrie National Forest before it flows into Lake Tillery. The river meanders gently through small floodplains and steep valley walls, which present some very scenic bluffs. The streambed is primarily one of long pools with occasional ripples.

The area is widely known for its gold-mining activity. North Carolina’s first deep gold mines were found in Montgomery County in the early 1820s. In fact, several mines were worked along the river itself late in the nineteenth century. The largest of these was the Coggins Mine, just up CR 1301, west of the river. This was the most important mine in the state from 1915 until the late 1920s. The paddler may want to bring along a pan and take a longer-than-usual lunch break. His or her findings may pay for the gas to run the shuttle—one way, that is!"

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ophir
Distance: 36.4
Elevation Loss: Minimal
Duration: 4 sections that take 14.1 hours to paddle
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Uwharrie National Forest
Local Maps: Asheboro, Albemarle (USGS); Randolph, Montgomery (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Uwharrie River: NC 49 Bridge to Morrow Mountain State Park, Directly Across Lake Tillery from the Mouth of the Uwharrie

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