Reddies River

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Reddies River
Tributary to Yadkin River
Reddies River is located in North Carolina
Reddies River
Location of Reddies River mouth
Reddies River is located in the United States
Reddies River
Reddies River (the United States)
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyWilkes
CityNorth Wilkesboro
Physical characteristics
Sourceconfluence of South and North Prongs of Reddies River
 ⁃ locationabout 1 mile east of Wilbur, North Carolina
 ⁃ coordinates36°14′25″N 081°17′18″W / 36.24028°N 81.28833°W / 36.24028; -81.28833[1]
 ⁃ elevation1,160 ft (350 m)[2]
MouthYadkin River
 ⁃ location
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
 ⁃ coordinates
36°09′08″N 081°08′49″W / 36.15222°N 81.14694°W / 36.15222; -81.14694Coordinates: 36°09′08″N 081°08′49″W / 36.15222°N 81.14694°W / 36.15222; -81.14694[1]
 ⁃ elevation
945 ft (288 m)[2]
Length15.60 mi (25.11 km)[3]
Basin size93.09 square miles (241.1 km2)[4]
Discharge 
 ⁃ locationYadkin River
 ⁃ average156.85 cu ft/s (4.441 m3/s) at mouth with Yadkin River[4]
Basin features
Progressionsoutheast
River systemYadkin River
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftNorth Fork Reddies River
Tumbling Shoals Creek
Lousy Creek
Hoopers Branch
 ⁃ rightSouth Fork Reddies River
Quarry Branch
BridgesOld NC 16, Mountain Valley Church Road, Suncrest Sunny Conn Road, NC 18


The Reddies River is a tributary of the Yadkin River in northwestern North Carolina in the United States.[5] Via the Yadkin it is part of the watershed of the Pee Dee River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean. According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as "Reddis River."[6]

The Reddies River and its headwater tributaries (its North, Middle and South Forks [7][8][9]) all flow for their entire lengths in Wilkes County. Below the confluence of its principal tributaries, the Reddies River flows generally southeastwardly to its confluence with the Yadkin River at North Wilkesboro.[5] The Reddies River is known for its excellent trout fishing. In North Wilkesboro the Reddies River is dammed, and the small lake created by the dam supplies most of the town's water needs. A trail built for bikers, joggers, and walkers by the town of North Wilkesboro crosses over the Reddies River at its mouth where it joins the Yadkin River. A bridge, 156 feet in length, allows bikers, joggers and walkers to cross.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the headwaters of the Reddies River was a prime area for the timber industry. Due to the difficulty of getting the timber out of the narrow valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a large flume was built to carry the timber to the town of North Wilkesboro. At one time the flume, which followed the course of the Reddies River, was over 19 miles long and crossed the river no less than a dozen times. The flume suffered heavy damage in the great flood of 1916; it was dismantled shortly after the flood.

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  1. ^ a b "GNIS Detail - Reddies River". geonames.usgs.gov. US Geological Survey. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Reddies River Topo Map, Wilkes County NC (Wilkesboro Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". epa.maps.arcgis.com. US EPA. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Reddies River Watershed Report". Waters Geoviewer. US EPA. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b DeLorme (2001). North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-277-3
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Reddies River
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: North Fork Reddies River
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle Fork Reddies River
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Fork Reddies River