Rocky (Cape Fear trib) - 1: Upper- Route 2170 to NC Route 902

Rocky (Cape Fear trib), North Carolina, US


1: Upper- Route 2170 to NC Route 902 (Upper Rocky (Carolina Hill Rd to Pittsboro-Goldston Road))

Usual Difficulty I-III (varies with level)
Length 7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 21 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Rocky River (of Chatham County)

Rocky River (of Chatham County)
Photo of Between Rt. 2170 and Highway 902, near Pittsboro, NC by DLPardue

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02101726 200 - 1000 cfs I-III 00h30m 93.8 cfs (too low)

River Description

Data from Joe Greiner, local expert


Additions by Garrick Taylor - half baked paddler


Great alternative when the Lower Haw is too high.  Lots of Class II rapids with some flatwater in-between.  Some nice play spots to have fun.  It is a narrow river so watch out for wood.  The is a good squirt line a couple of miles in where a rock protrudes into the river from river left.  There is an old stone wall back in the woods on river left at this spot.


More Class I-II rapids follow with some flatwater thrown in between.


Section of Class III about mid-way into the run.  The river drops over an old 4-5' stone mill dam.  This is followed by 100 yards or so of Class II water as the river bends to the right.  This is followed a 3-4' ledge that forms a nice sized hole at high water.  Following this is another 3-4' ledge with another hole.  This is followed by a wave train that has a couple of 4-5' waves at high water.


A large eddy follows this where you can pick up the pieces or paddle back up to just below the bottom ledge to run the wave train again or to practice some surfing.


After this the river has a bit of flat water followed by more Class I-II rapids mixed with flatwater. 


Class II rapids begin again and run for several hundred yards just before reaching the takeout at the NC 902 bridge.


Trip took 2 1/2 hours at 1-1.5 feet on the paddlers' gage.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-11-04 03:57:44


Stream team editor

Rapid Descriptions

icon of message No rapids entered. If you know names, and locations of the rapids please contact and advise the StreamTeam member for this run.

User Comments

Users can submit comments.

No Comments