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The Broad River near Blacksburg, South Carolina
Map of the Santee River watershed showing the Broad River.
|State||North Carolina, South Carolina|
|Main source||Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina
2,890 ft (880 m)
|River mouth||Congaree River
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
128 ft (39 m)
|Length||150 mi (240 km)|
|Progression||Broad → Congaree → Santee → Atlantic Ocean|
|River system||Broad River|
- For other rivers with the same name, see Broad River (disambiguation).
The Broad River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 150 miles (240 km) long, in western North Carolina and northern South Carolina in the United States. Via the Congaree, it is part of the watershed of the Santee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Broad River originates in the Blue Ridge Mountains of eastern Buncombe County, North Carolina and flows generally south-southeastwardly, through or along the boundaries of Rutherford, Polk and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina; and Cherokee, York, Union, Chester, Fairfield, Newberry and Richland Counties in South Carolina. In North Carolina, the river is dammed to form Lake Lure; in South Carolina it passes through the Sumter National Forest and the communities of Cherokee Falls and Lockhart before joining the Saluda River to form the Congaree River in the city of Columbia.
This is an incomplete list of dams starting at Lake Lure and moving downstream
- Gaston Shoals Dam (Gaffney)
- Cherokee Falls
- Ninety Nine Islands Dam adjacent to the abandoned Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant
- Dam and canal at Lockhart
- Neal Shoals Dam
- Parr Shoals Dam forming Parr Reservoir
- Columbia Canal and Dam in Columbia
The Broad River is crossed several times by many highways (Note: this list at times may be incomplete)
- Rutherford County
US 64 / US 74 Alt.
- NC 108 (Tryon Road)
- Grays Road
- Union Road
- US 74
- Poors Ford Road
- Big Island Road
- Jack McKinney Road
- US 221
US 221 Alt.
- Cleveland County
- NC 150 (Gaffney Road)
- Gaffney/Cherokee County
- SC 18 (Shelby Highway)
- US 29 (Cherokee Avenue)
- SC 211 (Hickory Grove Road)
- Chester and Union Counties
- Fairfield and Newberry Counties
- SC 34 (Newberry Road)
- SC 213 (Parr Road) in Peak
- US 176 (Broad River Road)
According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Broad River has also been known as
- Eswa Huppeday
- Line River
- Main Broad River
- Eswan Happedaw
It was also known in colonial times as the English Broad River to distinguish it from the French Broad River which also originates in western North Carolina, but flows northwest.
The present name is descriptive of the river's width.
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