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Rocky River
Pee Dee River watershed showing Rocky River
Map of the Pee Dee River watershed showing the Rocky River
Other name(s) Tributary to Pee Dee River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Anson
Cabarrus
Iredell
Mecklenburg
Richmond
Stanly
Union
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Rocky River and Catawba River
Mooresville, North Carolina
885 ft (270 m)
River mouth Pee Dee River
about 3 miles northeast of Ansonville, North Carolina
190 ft (58 m)
Length 94.16 mi (151.54 km)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    1,526.06 cu ft/s (43.213 m3/s) at mouth with Pee Dee River
Basin features
Progression generally southeast
River system Pee Dee River
Basin size 1,471.3 square miles (3,811 km2)
Tributaries

The Rocky River is a 95-mile-long (153 km) river in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It begins in Iredell County near Mooresville and flows south into Cabarrus County, where it is the principal waterway in the county. The river continues southeastward to form the line between Stanly, Union, and Anson counties. It empties into the Pee Dee River just below Norwood, North Carolina at the junction of Stanly, Montgomery, Anson, and Richmond counties, at the foot of the Uwharrie Mountains.

Efforts are being made to boost tourism and canoe and kayak recreation along Rocky River "Blueway" as part of the Carolina Thread Trail.

Private, non-profit organizations have developed park lands for improved river access, but some controversy ensued.

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