Bear Creek (Rocky R. trib) - May's Chapel Rd to confluence with Rocky River

Bear Creek (Rocky R. trib), North Carolina, US


May's Chapel Rd to confluence with Rocky River

Usual Difficulty I(II) (for normal flows)
Length 1.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 16 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Bear Creek, Tributary of Rocky River

Bear Creek, Tributary of Rocky River
Photo of Just above an access point, near Woody Dam on the Rocky River of Chatham County by DLPardue

River Description

This is tributary emptying into the Rocky River below Woody Dam, between Pittsboro and Sanford.    Not to be confused with the much larger "Bear Creek" in Moore County near Robbins, NC which runs into the Deep River.

As with any small narrow creek there is always the possibilty of bank to bank strainers, be aware especially if level is tending to be high. There are several slopes covered with mountain laurel and it almost feels a if one is much further west. Undisturbed remote feeling to whole run with one residence about midway. Beautiful farmhouse at takeout bridge which is a one lane crossing almost in front of the Woody Dam Hydro-electric facility but get permission before tramping across their backyard. Usually the paddler will choose to go on from here and join the Rocky downstream and either turn to paddle up to the dam base for lunch on the beautiful rocks on river left or follow the river on down to 15/501 highway takeout where there is plenty of parking on river right. A paddlers gage is beneath the 15/501 bridge. Steep takeout but worth it.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-08-26 00:59:53


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 17 2009 (3140 days ago)
x (1)
This run is of poor quality and the rapids are I-I+ shallow shoals with not many rocks. Same
difficulty as the Uwharrie

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