Watauga River Basin
Watauga RBRP Overview
The total area of the Watauga River basin in North Carolina (the second-smallest river basin in the state) amounts to 205 square miles and includes six fourteen-digit hydrologic units (HUs) and a single eight-digit catalog unit (06010103). The Watauga River and its major tributary, the Elk River, flow northwest into Tennessee, where they both enter the Watauga Lake Reservoir. The Watauga and Elk River headwaters begin along the flanks of Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain in southwestern Watauga and eastern Avery counties, a few miles southeast of Banner Elk.