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Cheoah River
Cheoah River, Tapoco, NC Sept 2019.jpg
Cheoah River in Tapoco, North Carolina
Other name(s) Tributary to Little Tennessee River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Graham
Swain
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Sweetwater and Tulula Creeks
Robbinsville, North Carolina
1,993 ft (607 m)
River mouth Little Tennessee River
1,106 ft (337 m)
Length 18.16 mi (29.23 km)
Basin features
Progression northwest
River system Little TennesseeTennesseeOhioMississippi
Basin size 215.14 square miles (557.2 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Tulula Creek
    Long Creek
    Stillhouse Hollow
    Massey Branch
    Snowbird Creek
    West Buffalo Creek
    Charikus Branch
    Farley Cove
    Santeetlah Creek
    Gold Mine Branch
    Rock Creek
    Laurel Branch
    Persimmon Tree Branch
    Falls Branch
    Deep Creek
    Frisby Branch
    Barker Creek
    Bear Creek
    Otter Rock Branch
    Yellowhammer Branch
  • Right:
    Sweetwater Creek
    Mountain Creek
    Ground Squirrel Branch
    East Buffalo Creek
    Gladdens Creek
    Cochran Creek
    Cochran Creek
    Yellow Creek
    Puncheon Camp Branch
    Halfmile Branch
    Meadow Branch
Waterbodies Santeetlah Lake

The Cheoah River is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina in the United States.

It is located in Graham County in far western North Carolina, near Robbinsville, and is approximately 20 miles in length. Its headwaters are in the Appalachian Mountains where it flows northwest near Robbinsville, to the Lake Santeetlah and flows towards the Tennessee border with a terminus at the Little Tennessee between the Cheoah Dam and Lake Calderwood.

Variant names

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

  • Cheowa River
  • Cheowah River
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