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Mills River
Other name(s) Tributary to French Broad River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Virginia
County Henderson
Physical characteristics
Main source confluence of North Fork and South Fork of Mills River
about 3 miles west of Mills River, North Carolina
2,110 ft (640 m)
River mouth French Broad River
about 1.5 miles east of Mills River, North Carolina
2,044 ft (623 m)
Length 6.10 mi (9.82 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    189.76 cu ft/s (5.373 m3/s) at mouth with Mills River
Basin features
Progression generally east
River system French Broad River
Basin size 73.41 square miles (190.1 km2)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Foster Creek
  • Right:
    Brandy Branch
Bridges Boylston Highway (NC 280), Hooper Lane

The Mills River is located in Transylvania and Henderson counties, North Carolina, United States is a tributary of the French Broad River. The river flows out of the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest in two forks: the North Fork, which drains the slopes just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Asheville and Mount Pisgah, and the South Fork, which drains the area of the Pisgah Ranger District just east of the Cradle of Forestry in America, including the slopes of Black Mountain. The Mills River flows into the French Broad River northwest of Hendersonville between NC 191 and Interstate 26.

The North Mills River Recreation Area, located on the North Fork of the river, is a popular local attraction for camping, hiking, and fishing. The Mills River is used as a water source for the cities of Asheville and Hendersonville.

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