South Fork New River

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South Fork New River
River
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Watauga, Alleghany, Ashe
Source Middle Fork South Fork New River [1]
 - location Blowing Rock, NC
 - elevation 3,543 ft (1,080 m)
 - coordinates 36°07′34″N 81°40′20″W / 36.12611°N 81.67222°W / 36.12611; -81.67222
Secondary source East Fork South Fork New River [2]
 - location Watauga County, NC
 - elevation 3,271 ft (997 m)
 - coordinates 36°10′56″N 81°36′37″W / 36.18222°N 81.61028°W / 36.18222; -81.61028
Source confluence
 - location Boone, NC
 - elevation 3,104 ft (946 m)
 - coordinates 36°12′16″N 81°38′59″W / 36.20444°N 81.64972°W / 36.20444; -81.64972
Mouth New River [3]
 - location Ashe County, NC
 - elevation 2,546 ft (776 m)
 - coordinates 36°32′46″N 81°21′11″W / 36.54611°N 81.35306°W / 36.54611; -81.35306Coordinates: 36°32′46″N 81°21′11″W / 36.54611°N 81.35306°W / 36.54611; -81.35306
Discharge for Jefferson, NC
 - average 552 cu ft/s (16 m3/s) [4]
 - max 2,120 cu ft/s (60 m3/s) (1998)
 - min 227 cu ft/s (6 m3/s) (1986)
Map of the Kanawha River watershed, with the New River and its watershed highlighted.

The South Fork New River is a river in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

It stretches from its headwaters at a spring near Blowing Rock and the Eastern Continental Divide and meanders northward along the northwestern face of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the eastern and central portions of Watauga County and then Ashe County in northwestern North Carolina, passing through the town of Boone. It joins the North Fork New River in Ashe County to form the New River. Its waters ultimately reach the Gulf of Mexico through the Kanawha River, the Ohio River, and the Mississippi River. Its tributaries include Winkler's Creek, Boone (Kraut) Creek and Payne Branch.

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