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Horsepasture River
Other name(s) Tributary to Toxaway River
Country United States
State North Carolina
South Carolina
County Jackson County, NC
Transylvania County, NC
Oconee County, SC
Physical characteristics
Main source Hurricane Creek divide
about 2 miles north of Cashiers, North Carolina
3,860 ft (1,180 m)
River mouth Toxaway River
Lake Jocassee
1,108 ft (338 m)
Length 3.96 mi (6.37 km)
  • Average rate:
    124.61 cu ft/s (3.529 m3/s) at mouth with Toxaway River
Basin features
Progression east and southeast
River system Keowee River
Basin size 30.18 square miles (78.2 km2)
  • Left:
    Laurel Creek
    Logan Creek
    Mud Creek
    Little Hogback Creek
    Hogback Creek
    Rock Creek
    James Creek
  • Right:
    Rochester Creek
    Nix Creek
    Burlingame Creek
    Bearcamp Creek
Waterbodies Lupton Lake
Sapphire Lake
Bridges Big Steeplechase Road, Wandering Ridge, Haven Ridge Trail, US 64, Getaway Ridge, Sapphire Valley Road, Cherokee Trail, Carters Grove, Meadow Way, Deer Run Road, Bear Pen Drive, Sapphire Post Office Road, Upper Whitewater Road, Whitewater Road, Auger Hole Trail
Type: Scenic, Recreational
Designated: October 26, 1986

The Horsepasture River is an 18.1-mile-long (29.1 km) National Wild and Scenic river in the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The river rises in Jackson County, North Carolina, and flows through the Jocassee Gorges area and ends at Lake Jocassee in South Carolina. Some of the land over which the river flows is part of the Pisgah National Forest, making it accessible to the public.

North Carolina designated 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of the river as Horsepasture State Natural River in 1985, including it in the state's Natural and Scenic Rivers System. The State River is between NC-281 and the state line.

The Horsepasture River features several significant waterfalls in close proximity to one another. The named falls are:

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