Rivers and Mountains in North Carolina

According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 10,488,084, North Carolina is the 9th largest state among U.S. 50 states, and NC is the two letter abbreviation for North Carolina. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of North Carolina.

Rivers and Mountains in North Carolina

Rivers in North Carolina

Roanoke River
With a length of almost 660 km, the Roanoke River is one of the largest rivers in the USA. It runs between Virginia in the south and North Carolina in the northeast. The river is created by the confluence of its two source rivers – the North and South Fork Roanoke River – in the Blue Ridge Mountains and extends across the eastern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the Piedmont Plateau and along the Atlantic coast to Albemarle Sound, an estuary in North Carolina, where it finally flows.

Yadkin River
The approximately 700 km long Yadkin River flows through the states of North and South Carolina and is one of the longest rivers in these states. The Yadkin River rises in the northwestern part of North Carolina near the Thunder Hill Overlook. From the South Carolina state border, the river is called the Pee Dee River.

Pee Dee River
The Pee Dee River, often referred to as the Great Pee Dee River, is an approximately 373 km long river in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The Pee Dee River originates in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. The course of the Pee Dee River is characterized by numerous dams for flood control and energy generation. The alluvial plain on the lower course of the river was used as a rice growing area in earlier times. Nowadays there is no intensive shipping on the river.

Cape Fear River
The Cape Fear River is an approximately 325 km long black water river in the east of North Carolina. It gets its name from its mouth at Cape Fear in the Atlantic. The river is created by the confluence of the Deep River and Haw River.

New Zealand River

The New Zealand River is an approximately 440 km long river which flows exclusively in the state of North Carolina. The New Zealand River is created by the confluence of the Flat River and the Eno River and flows principally in a south-easterly direction towards its mouth in the Pamlico Sound. The New Zealand River flows through the two cities Durham and Raleigh.

Mountains in North Carolina

Mount Mitchell
At 2,037 m, Mount Mitchell is the highest mountain in the Appalachian Mountains and also the highest mountain east of the Mississippi. It is the highest survey in the state of North Carolina. It is located in the east of North Carolina and is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Climbing Mount Mitchell has been comparatively easy since a road leads to the summit.

Clingmans Dome
At 2,025 m, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the State of Tennessee and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. The Clingmans Dome is also the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The Clingmans Dome is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, or the border of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina runs exactly over the summit. At the top of the Clingmans Dome is a lookout tower that allows a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape.

Lakes and reservoirs in North Carolina

Lake Chatuge
The beautiful Lake Chatuge with 212 km of bank length is located between Hiawassee, Georgia and Heyesville, North Carolina. The lake, known for its clarity, is the ideal place for swimming, fishing, boating or camping. It is located in part in the Nanthala National Forest in North Carolina and is said to be one of the most picturesque lakes in the Tennessee Valley Authority water system, which includes the Hiawassee Dam, the Apalachia Dam and the Chatuge Dam. All three dams were built in 1940 for flood protection, but Chatuge is also known today as a small power generator for the area. The dam is approx. 44 m high, 870 m long and has a capacity of approx. 10,000 kilowatts.

John H. Kerr Reservoir
The John H. Kerr Reservoir is a nearly 200 km² reservoir on the Roanake River between Virginia and North Carolina, the name of which goes back to a former congressman from North Carolina. Its construction around 1950 served to protect against flooding and generate electricity. The lake has a total storage space of around 1,900,000,000 m³ and a catchment area of ​​more than 20,000 km² and is the largest body of water in Virginia. The John H. Kerr Reservoir stretches over six counties, making it accessible to almost everyone and a popular excursion destination. The dam is located in Mecklenburg County near Buggs Island.