Rocky River Between Siler City and Moncure

Siler City, North Carolina

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The Rocky River begins near Liberty and is impounded for use as a Siler City water supply. It flows southeast, and after crossing US 64 it does not pass near any towns before joining the Deep River, 4 miles upstream of US 1. Since the late 1700s, over thirty mills were built on the Rocky River. Most were gristmills, but there were also cotton mills and sawmills. Remains of these can be seen on the river. The Cape Fear Shiner fish is on the endangered species list and has been found in the Rocky River near the confluence with the Deep River. The Rocky River’s whitewater is a popular alternative when the Haw River is too high. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Rocky River from Snow Camp Road (Chatham Co. 1004) bridge to Old US 1 (Lee Co. 1466) bridge over Deep River at Moncure.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Rocky River begins near Liberty and is impounded for use as a Siler City water supply. It flows southeast, and after crossing US 64 it does not pass near any towns before joining the Deep River, 4 miles upstream of US 1. Since the late 1700s, over thirty mills were built on the Rocky River. Most were gristmills, but there were also cotton mills and sawmills. Remains of these can be seen on the river.

The Cape Fear Shiner fish is on the endangered species list and has been found in the Rocky River near the confluence with the Deep River. The Rocky River’s whitewater is a popular alternative when the Haw River is too high. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Rocky River from Snow Camp Road (Chatham Co. 1004) bridge to Old US 1 (Lee Co. 1466) bridge over Deep River at Moncure.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Siler City
Distance: 31
Class: Class I-III
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Crutchfield Crossroads, Siler City, Siler City NE, Pittsboro, Colon, Moncure, Merry Oaks
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky River Between Siler City and Moncure

Recent Trail Reviews

11/28/2005
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Update: The gauge Rocky River at SR 1300 near Crutchfield Crossroads was indicating higher than expected flows for several months. Flows have been 50–100 cfs. This is too large for a drainage area of only 7.4 square miles. Historical flows during dry times have been 1–5 cfs. The USGS said that beaver dams have been affecting the gauge, and the gauge is now indicating the correct flow.



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