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Lockwood Folly River
Map of Lockwood Folly River mouth location
Map of Lockwood Folly River mouth location
Map of Lockwood Folly River mouth location
Map of Lockwood Folly River mouth location
Location of Lockwood Folly River mouth
Other name(s) Tributary Atlantic Ocean
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Brunswick
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of Red Run and Pinch Gut Creek
about 0.5 miles southwest of Clements Curve, North Carolina
23 ft (7.0 m)
34°04′03″N 079°11′47″W / 34.06750°N 79.19639°W / 34.06750; -79.19639
River mouth Atlantic Ocean
Holden Beach, North Carolina
0 ft (0 m)
33°55′04″N 078°14′10″W / 33.91778°N 78.23611°W / 33.91778; -78.23611
Length 22.36 mi (35.98 km)
Basin features
Progression south and southwest
River system Atlantic Ocean
Basin size 136.22 square miles (352.8 km2)
  • Left:
    Pinch Gut Creek
    Ramshead Branch
    Middle Branch
    River Swamp
    Nucitt Branch
    Scotts Branch
    Sandy Branch
    Mill Creek
    Mullet Creek
  • Right:
    Red Run
    Buck Branch
    Ford Branch
    Beaverdam Swamp
    Doe Creek
    Pamlico Creek
Bridges US 17, Old Ocean Highway E, Gilbert Road SE, NC 211

Lockwood Folly River or Lockwood's Folly River is a short tidal river in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. Waters from the Green Swamp drain into the river near Supply and flow southward to empty into the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Sunset Harbor. The Lockwood Folly Country Club in Varnamtown takes its name from the river.

Lockwood Folly Inlet is a nearby inlet connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway and was once the mouth of the Lockwood Folly River prior to construction of the Intracoastal and natural sand shifting. The inlet separates the barrier islands of Oak Island and Holden Beach Isle.

Name origin

There are two folklore stories that explain the genesis of the name "Lockwood Folly". The first states that a man by the name of Lockwood began building the "boat of his dreams" along the banks of the river. Working tirelessly for many months, Lockwood finally completed his sailing ship, but when he tried to float the boat, he discovered that he had made the draft too deep to clear the sandbar at the inlet. So with no way to sail the ship out of the river, Lockwood disappointedly left the ship to rot. The locals began calling the ship "Lockwood's Folly" and according to the story, eventually the name was applied to both the river and inlet.

The second tale tells the story of a group of settlers led by a man named Lockwood that decided to colonize the banks of the river. Lockwood supposedly did not bring enough supplies or got into a dispute with the local Indian tribe and the colony had to be disbanded. According to the story, the remains of the colony were named "Lockwood's Folly" and later the name came to encompass the nearby river and inlet.

The river name appears on a John Ogilby map from 1671, making Lockwood's Folly River one of the oldest named rivers in North Carolina.

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