Great Alamance Creek

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Convergence of Great Alamance Creek and the Haw River in Swepsonville, North Carolina.

Great Alamance Creek is an 11-mile long[1] creek that is a tributary of the Haw River. The creek's headwaters are in Guilford County, but it flows primarily through Alamance County, North Carolina. It is a major source of water for the cities of Burlington and Greensboro through the Lake Mackintosh Reservoir. It was called "Alamance" after an old local Native American word used to describe the blue-colored mud in the bottom of the creek.[2]

The creek was a part of the site of the Battle of Alamance, fought in 1771 between the colonial militia under the command of Governor William Tryon. When Alamance County was formed from Orange County in 1849, it was named for this battle and creek.

Great Alamance Creek has a tributary that is also called "Alamance Creek" - Little Alamance Creek, which is actually a little longer than Great Alamance Creek at over 12 miles,[1] much of it in Burlington. However, it has less water flow than Great Alamance Creek. Little Alamance Creek flows through City Park[3] in Burlington.


  1. ^ a b Measurement Tool on Alamance County GIS found on the Alamance County Website
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  3. ^ "Burlington, NC - Official Website - City Park".