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Rocky River Watershed (West Branch)

 Rocky River at Davidson Chambers
Chambers Building at Davidson College

Location description: Northeastern Mecklenburg County including most of Davidson

A unique creek: The only Charlotte-Mecklenburg creek that doesn’t start in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (it starts in Iredell County)

Approximate square miles of land: 15.42 square miles
Estimated population of this watershed:

1990

2000

2010

3,719

6,252

9,086


Drains into: Cabarrus County / Yadkin River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Rocky River West Branch, Rocky River West Branch Tributary, South Prong Rocky River West Branch, South Prong Rocky River West Branch Tributary, South Rocky River West Branch

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 26.375

Impaired streams: Rocky River from source to mouth of Reedy Creek

Reason for impairment: Turbidity and lack of diversity of aquatic insects

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 11 structures are located in the floodplain

Land use:  
Rocky River vicinity map

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

46.5%

34.7%

15.8%

1.6%

0.3%

0.6%

0.3%

0.2%


Landmarks: River Run Country Club, Davidson Village Green

Zip Codes: 28031, 28036

Larger neighborhoods: Davidson, River Run 

Colleges: Davidson College

Schools:

Name

Address

Davidson Elementary

635 South St

Davidson IB Middle

251 South St

Bailey Rd Middle

11900 Bailey Rd

William Amos Hough High

12420 Bailey Rd


Large public parks/greenways:

Parks

Address

Bracket Bluff Nature Preserve

20520 Shearer Rd

RC Bradford Regional Park

Davidson Concord Rd

Allison Farm Community Park

21175 Shearer Rd

West Branch Nature Preserve

 

 

Greenway

Status

Rocky River Greenway

Proposed

South Prong River Greenway

Proposed

Rocky River Watershed map

 

 

 

Familiar sites in the Rocky River Watershed:

Rocky River
West Branch of Rocky River 

 

Davidson College 
Davidson College campus