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South Fork New River
NewRiver watershed.png
Map of the Kanawha River watershed, with the New River and its watershed highlighted.
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Watauga, Alleghany, Ashe
Physical characteristics
Main source Middle Fork South Fork New River
Blowing Rock, NC
3,543 ft (1,080 m)
2nd source East Fork South Fork New River
Watauga County, NC
3,271 ft (997 m)
River mouth New River
Ashe County, NC
2,546 ft (776 m)
Discharge
  • Location:
    Jefferson, NC
  • Minimum rate:
    227 cu ft/s (6.4 m3/s)(1986)
  • Average rate:
    552 cu ft/s (15.6 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    2,120 cu ft/s (60 m3/s)(1998)

The South Fork New River is a river in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

It stretches from its headwaters at a spring near Blowing Rock and the Eastern Continental Divide and meanders northward along the northwestern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the eastern and central portions of Watauga County and then Ashe County in northwestern North Carolina, passing through the town of Boone. It joins the North Fork New River in Ashe County to form the New River. Its waters ultimately reach the Gulf of Mexico through the Kanawha River, the Ohio River, and the Mississippi River. Its tributaries include Winkler's Creek, Boone (Kraut) Creek and Payne Branch.

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