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Great Alamance Creek
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Convergence of Great Alamance Creek and the Haw River in Swepsonville, North Carolina
Other name(s) Tributary to Haw River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Alamance
Guilford
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Great Alamance Creek and Deep River
about 1 mile north of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
780 ft (240 m)
River mouth Haw River
Swepsonville, North Carolina
458 ft (140 m)
Length 37.12 mi (59.74 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    268.41 cu ft/s (7.601 m3/s) at mouth with Haw River
Basin features
Progression northeast then east
River system Haw River
Basin size 262.23 square miles (679.2 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Little Alamance Creek (Pleasant Garden Creek)
    Back Creek
    Little Alamance Creek
  • Right:
    Climax Creek
    Stinking Quarter Creek

Great Alamance Creek, also called Big Alamance Creek, is a 37-mile long creek that is a tributary of the Haw River. The creek's headwaters are in Guilford County, but it flows primarily through Alamance County, North Carolina. It is a major source of water for the cities of Burlington and Greensboro through the Lake Mackintosh Reservoir. It was called "Alamance" after an old local Native American word used to describe the blue-colored mud in the bottom of the creek.

The creek was a part of the site of the Battle of Alamance, fought in 1771 between the colonial militia under the command of Governor William Tryon. When Alamance County was formed from Orange County in 1849, it was named for this battle and creek.

Great Alamance Creek has a tributary that is also called "Alamance Creek" - Little Alamance Creek, which is actually a little longer than Great Alamance Creek at over 12 miles, much of it in Burlington. However, it has less water flow than Great Alamance Creek. Little Alamance Creek flows through City Park in Burlington.

Variant names

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

  • Alamance Creek
  • Aramanchy River
  • Aramancy River
  • Big Alamance Creek
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