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Stepp Branch
Other name(s) Tributary to Swannanoa River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Buncombe
Physical characteristics
Main source side of Jesses High Top in Lytle Cove
about 1.5 miles south of Grovestone, North Carolina
3,440 ft (1,050 m)
River mouth Swannanoa River
Grovestone, North Carolina
2,218 ft (676 m)
Length 1.61 mi (2.59 km)
  • Average rate:
    1.13 cu ft/s (0.032 m3/s) at mouth with Swannanoa River
Basin features
Progression northwest
River system French Broad River
Basin size 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2)
  • Left:
    unnamed tributaries
  • Right:
    unnamed tributaries
Bridges Land of Lane, Cornerstone Way, Lytle Cove Road Ext, I-40, US 70

Stepp Branch is a 1.61 mi (2.59 km) long 1st order tributary to the Swannanoa River in Buncombe County, North Carolina.


Stepp Branch rises about 1.5 miles south of Grovestone, North Carolina in Buncombe County at the base of Jesses High Top. Stepp Branch then flows northwest to meet the Swannanoa River at Grovestone.


Stepp Branch drains 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of area, receives about 48.0 in/year of precipitation, has a topographic wetness index of 285.56 and is about 71% forested.

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