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Uwharrie River
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The Coggins Low-water Bridge over the Uwharrie River.
Uwharrie River is located in North Carolina
Uwharrie River
Uwharrie River is located in the United States
Uwharrie River
Location of Uwharrie River mouth
Other name(s) Tributary to Pee Dee River
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Montgomery
Physical characteristics
Main source divide between Uwharrie River and Abbotts Creek
pond in High Point, North Carolina
855 ft (261 m)
35°55′15″N 080°01′14″W / 35.92083°N 80.02056°W / 35.92083; -80.02056
River mouth Pee Dee River
across river from Morrow Mountain State Park
272 ft (83 m)
35°22′51″N 080°03′29″W / 35.38083°N 80.05806°W / 35.38083; -80.05806
Length 61.84 mi (99.52 km)
Basin features
Progression generally south
River system Pee Dee
Basin size 387.94 square miles (1,004.8 km2)
Bridges Old Mendenhall Road, Sunset View Drive Ext., Mendenhall Road, Surrett Drive, NC 62, I-85, Meadowbrook Drive, Millers Mill Road, Kennedy Road, Thayer Road, Snyder Country Road, Covered Bridge Road, US 64, Jackson Creek Road, Old NC 49, NC 49, Waynick Meadow Road, High Pine Church Road, Burney Mill Road, Low Water Bridge Road, NC 109,

The Uwharrie River () is a 61.84 mi (99.52 km) long river, in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina in the United States. It is a tributary of the Pee Dee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean.


The Uwharrie River rises in northwestern Randolph County, just south of the city of High Point, and flows generally southwardly into northwestern Montgomery County, through the low Uwharrie Mountains and the Uwharrie National Forest. It flows into the Pee Dee River 8 mi (13 km) east of the city of Albemarle as part of the Lake Tillery reservoir, across the Pee Dee from Morrow Mountain State Park. Above the mouth of the Uwharrie, the Pee Dee is known as the Yadkin River.

In its upper course, the Uwharrie collects a minor tributary named the Little Uwharrie River, which flows for a short distance through northwestern Randolph County.

Variant names

The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on Uharie River as the river's name in 1895, and changed it to "Uwharrie River" in 1940. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the Uwharrie River has also been known as:

  • Huwaree River
  • Uahra River
  • Uaree River
  • Uharie River
  • Uhary River
  • Uhwarri River
  • Uoharee River
  • Uwaree River
  • Uwarry River
  • Uwharee River
  • Uwherrie River
  • Voharee River
  • Wharee Creek
  • Wharie River
  • Wharre River
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