North Carolina

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
Ararat River Surry Mount Airy to Confluence with Yadkin River 24 Significant scenic and recreational values. Recreational, Scenic Upper Yadkin 1982
Barnes Creek Montgomery, Randolph Headwaters one mile above Montgomery County Line to confluence with Uwharrie River 12 Supports diversity of fish species including three game fish and one intolerant darter. Unusually high diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Recreational Fish, Wildlife Lower Yadkin 1982/ 1993
Bennetts Creek Gates Merchants Millpond to confluence with Chowan River 19 Isolated stream bordered by swamp forests; habitat for variety of flora and fauna. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Chowan 1982
Big Laurel and Puncheon Fork Madison US highway 25 to confluence with French Broad River 5 Flows through a 1200 foot deep gorge. Fishing, hiking, viewing scenery, and whitewater boating. Four rare fish species. Ghost town of Runion located on Big Laurel Creek. High probability for archeological sites. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
Big Laurel Creek Madison Headwaters to US Highway 25 29 Flows through a 1200 foot deep gorge. Fishing, hiking, viewing scenery, and whitewater boating. Four rare fish species. Ghost town of Runion located on Big Laurel Creek. High probability for archeological sites. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
Big Mountain Creek Richmond NC 73 Bridge to confluence with Pee Dee River and Blewett Falls Lake 10 Significant habitat of redbreast sunfish. Fish, Wildlife Upper Pee Dee 1982
Big Swamp Robeson, Bladen, Hoke From confluence with Gallberry Swamp to RM O, confluence with Lumber River at Lumberton 30 Typical blackwater coastal stream with hardwood bottomland swamps that provide excellent wildlife habitat; good fishery. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lumber 1982
Black River Pender, Bladen, Sampson Junction of Six Runs Creek and Great Coharie Creek to Confluence with Cape Fear River 67 Excellent example of slow-moving blackwater stream with numerous white sand beaches and bars. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Black River Bladen, Sampson, Cumberland Rhodes Pond to confluence with South River 2 Extremely scenic and natural stream affording variety of recreational activities. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Cane Creek Alamance Near Snow Camp and State Road 1004 bridge (Snow Camp Road) to Confluence with Haw River 18 Natural stream with significant historical values. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Haw 1982
Cane River Yancey Headwaters in Mount Mitchell to confluence with Nolichucky River 39 Scenic, recreational mountain stream. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Nolichucky 1982
Cape Fear River Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Chatham Confluence with Haw and Deep Rivers to RM 144, approximately four miles above I-95 bridge 58 Popular recreational trail with unique geological features and 150 foot cliffs; rare plant species; numerous historical features. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Cape Fear 1982
Cape Fear River Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, Bladen One mile below US Lock No. 1 downstream to Wilmington 33 Remote and secluded segment with islands, inviting shores, and diverse flora and fauna. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Cape Fear 1982
Caraway Creek Randolph Headwaters northwest of Glenola to confluence with Uwharrie River. 26 Scenic recreational stream. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Yadkin 1982
Cashie River Bertie RM 19, near Winsor to Albemarle Sound and NC 45 bridge 19 Good example of typical free-flowing blackwater stream. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Roanoke 1982
Catawba River McDowell Headwaters in vicinity of Black Mountain to backwaters of Lake James 26 Inspiring scenery rich in diversity of flora. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Catawba 1982
Catawba River, Henry Fork Catawba, Burke Headwaters in South Mountains Management Area near Rutherford County Line to above dam at Brookford 39 Natural, scenic corridor area abounding in flora. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife South Fork Catawba 1982
Catawba River, Warrior Fork Burke From confluence with Upper Creek to confluence with Catawba River 6 Rocky whitewater stream wtih steep gradient and numerous boulders. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982
Cedar Creek Montgomery Headwaters northwest of Troy to confluence with Uwharrie River 3 Heavily forested, cool water mountain stream. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Yadkin 1982
Chowan River Bertie, Chowan, Hertford, Gates VA State Line to Albemarle Sound 52 Blackwater stream with outstanding wildlife values, endangered flora, and extensive recreational opportunities. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Chowan 1982
Cold Springs Creek Haywood Headwaters near Madison County Line to confluence with Pigeon River 6 Small mountain stream that flows entirely within Harmon Den Wildlife Management Area. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Pigeon 1982
Colly Creek Pender, Bladen Headwaters in Big Colly Swamp to confluence with Black River near Currie 39 Remote float stream that flows through Bladen State Forest. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Cullasaja River Macon From spillway of Lake Sequoyah (Town of Highlands) to the confluence with Little Tennessee River. 19 In a 7.5-mile national forest section, the river drops 1300 feet. Known as the Cullasaja Gorge, it has three well-known waterfalls. The gorge has been recognized as botanically diverse, beautiful, and geologically unique in the Southern Blue Ridge. Numerous rare plants occur within the gorge. US64 roughly parallels the river and has been designated a USFS Scenic Byway. The river is a NC Class B trout stream. Archaeological sites have been identified dating from as early as the Archaic Period. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Upper Little Tennessee 1995
Dan River Rockingham, Stokes RM 173, VA State Line to RM 81, VA State Line 91 Popular recreational stream with diversified scenic and physiographic features; significant archaeological and geologic values; 200 foot bluffs and 1000 foot deep gorge area. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Dan 1982
Dan River Caswell Confluence with Hogans Creek to VA State Line. 9 Popular recreational stream with diversified scenic and physiographic features; significant archaeological and geologic values; 200 foot bluffs and 1000 foot deep gorge area. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Dan 1982
Davidson River Transylvania Headwaters south of Haywood County line to confluence with French Broad River 13 Classified as special native trout waters. High probability for archeological sites. Part of old Vanderbilt estate where forestry was first practiced in America. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Historic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
Deep River Lee, Chatham, Moore NC 22 bridge to confluence with Cape Fear River 51 Abundance of wildlife; very remote and scenic flatwater stream with variety of aquatic flora. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Cape Fear 1982
Drowing Creek Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, Richmond, Moore, Montgomery Headwaters west of Samarcand to confluence with Lumber River 43 Secluded blackwater stream with heavily forested cypress swamps; abundance of flora and fauna. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lumber 1982
Dutchman's Creek Montgomery Headwaters west of Troy to confluence with Uwharrie River 5 Typical cool water scenic mountain stream that supports small mouth bass fishery. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Yadkin 1982
Eno River Durham, Orange Churton Street in Hillsborough to Roxboro Road (US 501) 20 Highly scenic stream providing quality recreational opportunities. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Neuse 1982
Fisher River Surry North of Blue Ridge and Dobson to confluence with Yadkin River 21 Excellent float stream in scenic setting. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Yadkin 1982
Fishing Creek Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Franklin, Warren One mile above NC 561 bridge to confluence with Tar River 72 Essentially primitive shoreline; excellent game fishery. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Tar 1982
French Broad River Buncombe Asheville, NC, to Barnard, NC 29 Whitewater boating, fishing, and duck hunting. Large number of rare and native fish species. High probability for archeological sites. Was lifeline in settlement and development of western NC. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
French Broad River Buncombe Barnard, NC, to Hot Springs, NC 8 River exposes unique structure and group of formations called Hot Springs Window. Thermal springs are unique to NC. Significant falls. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
French Broad River Buncombe Hot Springs, NC, to Tennessee State line 7 River exposes unique structure and group of formations called Hot Springs Window. Thermal springs are unique to NC. Significant falls. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982/ 1993
French Broad River Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania Rosman to Asheville 71 Excellent canoeing stream that supports diversity of wildlife and variety of flora. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982
Gallberry Swamp Robeson, Bladen, Hoke Confluence with Little Marsh Swamp to confluence with Big Swamp 3 Typical blackwater coastal stream with hardwood bottomland swamps that provide excellent wildlife habitat; good fishery. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lumber 1982
Goshen Swamp Duplin NC 403 bridge to confluence with Northeast Cape Fear River 19 Abundance and diversity of wildlife. Fish, Wildlife Northeast Cape Fear 1982
Great Coharie Creek Sampson Confluence with Ward Swamp to confluence with Black River 42 Good example of typical blackwater stream. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Green River Polk, Henderson Lake Summit Dam to Lake Adger backwaters 17 One of most popular float streams with rugged, scenic gorge area and sizable cascades. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Broad 1982
Haw River Alamance, Orange, Guilford, Rockingham US 220/NC 150 Bridge to Chatham County Line 67 Outstanding whitewater course that drops through constricted scenic valley. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Haw 1982
Johns River Burke, Caldwell Collettsville to confluence with Catawba River 19 Remote forested corridor. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Catawba 1982
Linville River Avery, Burke Headwaters to northern boundary of Linville Gorge Wilderness 23 Linville Gorge in southern part of Grandfather Mountain Window has complex sequence of rocks emplaced by two overriding splay thrust sheets. Recreational Geologic, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982/ 1993
Linville River Burke Northern wilderness boundary to southern wilderness boundary 15 Linville Gorge in southern part of Grandfather Mountain Window has complex sequence of rocks emplaced by two overriding splay thrust sheets. Wild Geologic, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982/ 1993
Linville River Burke Southern wilderness boundary to Lake James one mile below NC 126 bridge 2 Linville Gorge in southern part of Grandfather Mountain Window has complex sequence of rocks emplaced by two overriding splay thrust sheets. Scenic Geologic, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982/ 1993
Little Coharie Creek Sampson State Road 1006 Bridge (High High Road) to confluence with Great Coharie Creek 30 Excellent recreational potential. Fish, Recreational, Wildlife Black 1982
Little Marsh Swamp Robeson, Bladen, Hoke Headwaters northeast of Dundarrach to confluence with Gallberry Swamp 19 Typical blackwater coastal stream with hardwood bottomland swamps that provide excellent wildlife habitat; good fishery. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lumber 1982
Little River Harnett, Cumberland, Hoke, Moore Headwaters north of West End to confluence with Cape Fear River 74 Small, scenic and remote Piedmont stream with excellent recreational potential. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Cape Fear 1982
Little Tennessee River Swain, Macon Lake Emory to above Fontana Lake 23 Excellent float stream flowing over a bed of gravel, boulders, and ledges bordered by beautiful scenery. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Little Tennessee 1982
Lumber River Columbus, Robeson Scotland/ Robeson County Line to Back Swamp Rd. 32 Secluded blackwater stream with heavily forested cypress swamps; abundance of flora and fauna. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lumber 1982
Mayo River Rockingham Confluence of South Mayo River and North Mayo River to confluence with Dan River 16 A most popular and extremely scenic whitewater stream in northern Piedmont Province. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Dan 1982
Mills River Henderson From confluence with South Fork Mills River to confluence with French Broad River 6 Small remote mountain stream affording variety of recreational values; upper reach in Pisgah National Forest. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982
Mitchell River Surry, Alleghany Confluence with Thompsons Branch confluence with Yadkin River near Mountain Park 22 One of most scenic and natural streams in northwest. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Yadkin 1982
Moores Creek Pender Moores Creek National Military Park to confluence with Black River 4 Meandering wilderness stream with significant historical values. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Mountain Creek Stanley Headwaters east of New London to confluence with Pee Dee River 15 Significant fishery, cultural, and recreational values. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Pee Dee 1982
Nantahala River Macon Headwaters in Standing Indian basin near NC-GA State line to backwaters of Nantahala Lake 21 Native trout waters. Four bogs are significant examples of mountain wetlands. Habitat for rare bog turtle and wetland-bog plant communites. Significant Native American sacred site. Recreational Cultural, Historic, Wildlife, Other Upper Little Tennessee 1982/ 1993
Nantahala River (below lake) Macon, Swain Nantahala Powerhouse and lake to Lake Fontana 18 Nantahala Gorge is most extensive formation in southwestern NC of limestone and Murphy marble. Number of rare or endemic Southern Appalachian plant species. Whitewater boating, picnicking, fishing, and viewing scenery. Recreational Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Little Tennessee 1982/ 1993
Neuse River Lenoir, Wayne, Johnston, Wake Below Bridges Lake to above Kinston 126 Varying degrees of contrast within segment drops; superb scenery; numerous outstanding historical features. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Neuse 1982
Neuse River Craven, Pitt, Lenoir Caroline RR bridge near town of Kinston to State Road 1400 bridge (Washington Post Road) 36 Varying degrees of contrast within segment drops; superb scenery; numerous outstanding historical features. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Neuse 1982
New River, North Fork Ashe Town of Maxwell to confluence with New River below Weavers Ford 43 Scenic pastoral stream with numerous recreational opportunities. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper New 1982
New River, South Fork Ashe, Watauga Headwaters near Boone to junction of Dog Creek east of Jefferson 67 RM 0 through 22 designated component of the National Wild and Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper New 1982
North Toe River Yancey, Mitchell, Avery US 19E bridge north of Ingalls to confluence with Cane and Nolichucky Rivers 51 Scenic mountain stream with many overhanging rocks and bluffs. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Nolichucky 1982
Northeast Cape Fear River New Hanover, Pender, Duplin State Road 1502 Bridge (Bennetts Bridge Road) to confluence with Ness Creek 119 Very scenic and unique coastal plain blackwater stream. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Northeast Cape Fear 1982
Oconaluftee River Swain Headwaters near Weaver Mount and TN State Line to confluence with Tuckasegee River 19 Scenic recreational stream that flows through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Tuckasegee 1982
Pee Dee River Anson, Richmond, Montgomery, Stanly Lake Tillery to SC State Line 44 Traverses Piedmont Region with much of its course flowing through impressive lowland swamp; scenic bluffs, numerous oxbow lakes and sandbars. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Pee Dee 1982
Pigeon River, East Fork Haywood Headwaters to Shining Rock Wilderness boundary on US 276 4 Primitive and accessible by foot travel only. Numerous cascades and small falls. Wild Scenic Pigeon 1982/ 1993
Pigeon River, East Fork Haywood Shining Rock Wilderness boundary on US 276 to Sharp Mountain Rd. 3 Numerous cascades and small falls. Recreational Scenic Pigeon 1982/ 1993
Pigeon River, Little East Fork Haywood Headwaters in Sherwood Wilderness Management Area to confluence with West Fork of Pigeon 8 Flows through Pisgah National Forest. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Pigeon 1982
Potecasi Creek Hertford, Northampton Confluence with Ramsey Creek to confluence with Meherrin River 42 Excellent example of an upper coastal plain creek with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Meherrin 1982
Ramsey Creek Hertford, Northampton US 158 Bridge to confluence with Potecasi Creek 3 Excellent example of an upper coastal plain creek with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Meherrin 1982
Rocky Creek Montgomery Headwaters west of Troy to confluence with Little River 13 Scenic Piedmont mountain stream that supports significant sport fishery. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Pee Dee 1982
Rocky River Chatham State Road 1300 bridge (Staley Snow Camp Road) to confluence with Deep River 37 Excellent canoeing stream with exciting whitewater run. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Deep 1982
Six Runs Creek Sampson State Road 1904 bridge (Pine Ridge Road) to confluence with Black River 28 Significant sport fishery and wildlife values. Fish, Wildlife Black 1982
Smith River Rockingham VA State Line to confluence with Dan River near Eden 5 Popular for riverine recreational opportunities; inviting ledges and rapids. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Dan 1982
Snowbird Creek Graham Confluence with Owlcamp Branch to backwater of Lake Santeetlah 12 Fishing, hunting, hiking, primitive camping, and viewing scenery. Largest stream in NC with fish population comprised solely of brook trout. Historical interest relative to railroad logging that occurred in 1930's. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Little Tennessee 1982/ 1993
Snowbird Creek Graham Headwaters to confluence with Owl Camp Branch 9 Has unique "wild" brook trout population. Wild Cultural, Fish, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Little Tennessee 1982/ 1993
South Fork Mills River Henderson, Transylvania Headwaters near Haywood County Line to confluence with Mills River 28 Small remote mountain stream affording variety of recreational values; upper reach in Pisgah National Forest. Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper French Broad 1982
South River Bladen, Sampson, Cumberland Confluence with Black River (small segment which connects to Rhodes Pond) to confluence with Black River 84 Extremely scenic and natural stream affording variety of recreational activities. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Black 1982
Steels Creek Burke Headwaters in Long Arm Mountain to confluence with Upper Creek 12 Rocky whitewater stream wtih steep gradient and numerous boulders. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982
Tar River Nash, Franklin, Vance, Granville, Person Headwaters north of Dennys Store to State Road 1933 Bridge west of Winstead Crossroads (Tar River Church Road) 96 Attractive stream with several whitewater segments; secluded picturesque ravines and gorges. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Tar 1982
Tellico River Cherokee Headwaters near Graham County line north of McDaniel Bald to NC-TN State line 6 Considered eligible for study because of outstanding values on section of river in TN such as waterfalls and wild whitewater. Recreational Other Lower Little Tennessee 1982/ 1993
Thompson River Transylvania Headwaters near Jackson County/Transylvania County line to the South Carolina state line. 6 The river contains scenic waterfalls, cascades, and rapids. The main gorge and sheer cliffs caused by erosion and river action are impressive. Extensive surrounding forests support healthy populations of game and non-game species, including black bear. The main gorge area contains tropical species, while other vegetation representative of the Southern Appalachians are found. Wild Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Seneca 1995
Thompsons Branch Surry, Alleghany Headwaters north of Roaring Gap to confluence with Mitchell River 6 One of most scenic and natural streams in northwest. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Yadkin 1982
Town Creek Brunswick Headwaters approximately two miles above State Road 1413 Bridge to confluence with Cape Fear River 33 Small coastal stream that supports excellent fishery. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Lower Cape Fear 1982
Toxaway River Transylvania From N.C. 281 bridge to Lake Jocassee. 6 The Toxaway lies within a scenic, wild, and rugged mountain region. The terrain is characterized by high mountain balds, rock outcrops and cliffs, and lower hills and valleys. There are picturesque waterfalls and rugged gorges. Rare and unique species are present. The remote watershed harbors good populations of non-game and mountain game species. Wild Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Seneca 1995
Tuckasegee River Swain, Jackson Lake Cedar Cliff Impoundment to Bryson City 40 Scenic, natural stream that flows through ancestral home of Cherokee Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Tuckasegee 1982
Upper Creek Burke From confluence with Steels Creek to confluence with Warrior Fork 6 Rocky whitewater stream wtih steep gradient and numerous boulders. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Upper Catawba 1982
Upper Little River Harnett, Lee Confluence with Mulatto Branch to confluence with Cape Fear River 52 Scenic blackwater stream. Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Cape Fear 1982
Uwharrie River Randolph, Montgomery Headwaters south of town of High Point and Guilford County line to Confluence with Pee Dee River 63 Scenic stream with streches of gentle rapids, oxbow islands, several high bluffs and impressive rock outcrops; spawning habitat for white bass. Recreational Cultural, Historic, Scenic Upper Pee Dee 1982/ 1993
Waccamaw River Brunswick, Columbus Lake Waccamaw to SC State Line 48 Deep blackwater swamp stream characterized by numerous buttressed tree species, predominated by Spanish moss draped cypress; abundance and variety of wildlife. Cultural, Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Waccamaw 1982
Watauga River Watauga, Avery Headwaters north of Grandfather Mountain to TN State Line 27 Spectacular, very steep and scenic Watauga gorge area with several falls and huge boulders; recreational opportunities throughout. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Watauga, North Carolina, Tennessee 1982
White Oak River Jones, Onslow Confluence with North Prong White Oak River to powerline 19 Fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, canoeing, and motorboating. Habitat for American alligator, number of wading birds and waterfowl. Includes four distinct ecotypes: saltwater marsh, hardwood swamp, upland hardwood forest, and pine forest. Recreational Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other White Oak River 1982/ 1993
White Oak River Jones, Onslow, Carteret Powerline to town of Stella 12 Fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, canoeing, and motorboating. Habitat for American alligator, number of wading birds and waterfowl. Includes four distinct ecotypes: saltwater marsh, hardwood swamp, upland hardwood forest, and pine forest. Scenic Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other White Oak River 1982/ 1993
White Oak River Onslow, Carteret Stella to Atlantic Ocean at Swansboro 10 Fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, canoeing, and motorboating. Habitat for American alligator, number of wading birds and waterfowl. Includes four distinct ecotypes: saltwater marsh, hardwood swamp, upland hardwood forest, and pine forest. Recreational Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other White Oak River 1982/ 1993
White Oak River, North Prong Jones, Onslow Hoffman Forest to confluence with White Oak River 1 Fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, canoeing, and motorboating. Habitat for American alligator, number of wading birds and waterfowl. Includes four distinct ecotypes: saltwater marsh, hardwood swamp, upland hardwood forest, and pine forest. Recreational Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Wildlife, Other White Oak River 1982/ 1993
Whitewater River Transylvania and Jackson From confluence with Silver Run Creek near NC 107 in the Nantahala National Forest to the South Carolina state line. 6 The exposure of ancient rocks produces some of the most spectacular scenery in western North Carolina. Sheer cliffs and gorges are caused by erosion. Upper Whitewater Falls cascades 411 feet. The Whitewater Gorge contains tropical mosses and ferns. Water quality and fishing are excellent. A portion of the 43-mile Foothills Trail runs form the USFS parking lot at upper Whitewater Falls. Wild Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife, Other Seneca 1995
Yadkin River Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Yadkin, Surry I-77 Bridge to confluence with South Yadkin River Junction 91 Clear lively mountain stream that traverses the oldest formations of the North American Continent, Carolina gneiss of the Archean Epoch. Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Yadkin 1982

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