Some of the major rivers that flow through North Carolina are the Cape Fear River, the Catawba River and the New River. There are more than 200 rivers in the state.
The Cape Fear River is 202 miles long, making it the longest river to run entirely through North Carolina. It also has the largest river basin at 9,000 square miles. The Catawba River is 224 miles long. It begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains and flows into South Carolina where it eventually becomes the Wateree River.
The New River is one of the only major rivers in the United States to flow completely north. Formed between 10 and 360 million years ago, it is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America; some geologists believe it is the second-oldest river in the world.