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Ararat River
Ararat River is located in North Carolina
Ararat River
Location of Ararat River mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Yadkin River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Virginia
Counties Surry (NC)
Patrick (Va)
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Dan River and Ararat River
Bell Spur, Virginia
2,650 ft (810 m)
River mouth Yadkin River
Siloam, North Carolina
800 ft (240 m)
Length 32.44 mi (52.21 km)
Basin features
Progression southwest
River system Yadkin River
Basin size 313.37 square miles (811.6 km2)
Tributaries

The Ararat River is a tributary of the Yadkin River in southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina in the United States. Via the Yadkin it is part of the watershed of the Pee Dee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Ararat River rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Patrick County, Virginia, and flows southwardly into Surry County, North Carolina, where it flows through the city of Mount Airy and joins the Yadkin River, about 5 mi (8 km) northwest of East Bend. The river is stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout.

Variant names

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:

  • Arrat River
  • Ararat Creek
  • Rentfro Creek
  • Rentfrows Creek
  • Tarrarat River
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