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North Carolina whitewater, Uwharrie River

Randolph / Montgomery county, Route 1301 to Morrow Mountain State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     17.2 miles
 
Took this trip 20 June 09 with another adult and four boys, (six in all) with three canoes. The water was way high flowing over the bridge at Low River bridge on SR 1301, our putin point. With the water that high the current was swift with a lot of low lying trees dwarfing the banks. We no sooner put in and the second canoe got caught in the current and capsized. We in the third were unable to upright it before it became lodged between two trees
    with the current making it impossible to free it. We were able to recover the two boys and rejoin with the first canoe which had continued on downstream. Long and short of our adventure we all made it to Morrow Mtn State
Park in about 5 hours time in two canoes (11:30 AM - 4:30 PM). We stayed to the center of the river as much as possible and negotiated the rapids without mishap. It was very unpredictable with alot of unsuspecting trees in the middle of the river (sumerged islands). We then returned to Low River Bridge to recover the lost canoe. The water was now some four to five feet lower clearing the bridge. With much of the pressure of the current  
    on the canoe now gone we were able to free it and get it out of the river. With all the extra rain of this year the river is still bound to be high. Be careful. Says Karl Wheatley

This stretch of Uwharrie River in
  Randolph/Montgomery County is 17.2 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Randolph/Montgomery County and the water flowing gracefully down Uwharrie River attract people from near and far. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that.

Uwharrie River, Route 1301 to Morrow Mountain State Park road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Uwharrie River.
 Whitewater Near Uwharrie River:
Uwharrie River, Randolph/Montgomery County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.2 miles long (Route 1301 to Morrow Mountain State Park)
Deep River, Randolph County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Route 2128 to Route 2221)
Deep River, Randolph County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Route 2221 to Route 2615)
Deep River, Moore County, 30 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.7 miles long (North Carolina Route 42 to Route 1456)
 Marinas Near Uwharrie River:
Fish Tales Marina & Grille, New London , 7 miles away
High Rock Boat Dock Marina, Lexington , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Uwharrie River:
Quality Inn Albemarle, Albemarle , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Albemarle, Albemarle , 12 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Albemarle , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ALBEMARLE, Albemarle , 12 miles away
BEST WESTERN Albemarle Inn, Albemarle , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Uwharrie River:
Uwharrie Hunt Camp, Badin, 1 miles away
Canebreak Horse Camp, Badin, 2 miles away
West Morris Mountain, Badin, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Uwharrie River:
Uwharrie Jeep Trail, Montgomery , 3 miles away
Uwharrie National Recreation Trail, Montgomery , 4 miles away
Birkhead Trail, Randolph , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Uwharrie River:
Uwharrie National Forest, North Carolina , 5 miles away
Morrow Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 5 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Uwharrie River:
Old North State Club, New London , 6 miles away
Badin Inn Golf & Resort Club, Badin , 7 miles away
The Tillery Tradition Country Club, Mount Gilead , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Uwharrie River
Falls Reservoir, Stanly , 5 miles away
Badin Lake, Montgomery , 5 miles away
Lake Tillery, Stanly , 14 miles away

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