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Mitchell River
Mitchell River (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Mitchell River (North Carolina)
Mitchell River (North Carolina) is located in the United States
Mitchell River (North Carolina)
Location of Mitchell River mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Yadkin River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Alleghany
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Mitchell River and Little River
about 1.5 miles north of Roaring Gap, North Carolina
2,740 ft (840 m)
36°25′09″N 080°59′51″W / 36.41917°N 80.99750°W / 36.41917; -80.99750
River mouth Yadkin River
Burch, North Carolina
856 ft (261 m)
36°16′31″N 080°46′10″W / 36.27528°N 80.76944°W / 36.27528; -80.76944
Length 21.62 mi (34.79 km)
Basin features
Progression east then southeast
River system Yadkin
Basin size 108.17 square miles (280.2 km2)
  • Left:
    Stewart Fork
    Long Creek
    Mill Creek
    Saddle Mountain Creek
    Butler Creek
    Robertson Creek
    Potters Creek
    Pine Branch
    Snow Creek
  • Right:
    Mill Creek
    South Fork Mitchell River
    Camp Creek
Bridges Devotion Estate Way (x5), Haystack Road (x3), River Road, Judsville School Road, Millstone Trail, Kapps Mill Road, Zephry Mountain Park Road, I-77, NC 268

The Mitchell River is a tributary of the Yadkin River in northwestern North Carolina in the United States. Via the Yadkin it is part of the watershed of the Pee Dee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "Mitchells River," "Mitchels River," and "Mountain Creek."

The Mitchell rises in eastern Alleghany County in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and flows generally southeastwardly through Surry County, where it joins the Yadkin River about 5 mi (8 km) northeast of Elkin at the community of Burch.

In Surry County, it collects the short South Fork Mitchell River, which has also been known historically as "Mill Creek," "South Fork Creek," and "South Fork Mitchells River." The river is a popular destination for anglers who catch Brown, Brook, and rainbow trout.

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