The Uwharrie River flows south from Asheboro through the Uwharrie Mountains into Lake Tillery, near Albemarle. With long pools of flat water and occasional class one & two white water, it is a good river for the beginner paddler. The Uwharrie is known for being one of the most scenic rivers in the Piedmont, with an abundance of wildlife. On any given day some of the wildlife you may see are otters, osprey, great blue herons, wood ducks, white tail deer and wild turkey.
You may even be lucky enough to catch the the PawPaw
trees in season. They produce the only tropical fruit
that is native to North America.
You now have three options when paddling the river.
Half day paddle #1
will start at Low Water Bridge and end
at the Hwy. 109 Bridge. This paddle is approximately 7.5 miles long and the average paddle time is 4 hours.
Half day paddle #2
will start at the 109 bridge and end at the Dennis road access area. This paddle is approximately 6.5 miles long and the average paddle time is 4 hours.
FULL DAY Paddle
This trip starts at Low Water Bridge and ends at the
Dennis road access area. This trip will be approximately
14 miles on the river and the average
paddle time is 7 to 9 hours.
The Uwharrie River
is very dependent on rainfall.
In the hot summer months the river
dries up if we do not get enough
rain, so it is best to call before you
come, to be sure there
is enough water in the
river to paddle.