Watauga River 321 Access Upper Gorge Park

Sugar Grove, North Carolina

Watauga County owned and maintained public access park. Put in for Section 3 Watauga Gorge.

Parking for nearby popular swimming holes Laurel Creek Falls, Snake Pit.

Delayed harvest trout fishing upstream to Hubert Thomas.

Covered picnic shelter.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 13th, 2019. MountainTrue Watauga Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Watauga River 321 Access Upper Gorge Park is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Watauga Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the Watauga River Watershed for E. coli, a bacteria found in the waste (feces) of most warm-blooded animals, including humans. High levels of E. coli can pose a health risk for people swimming in the water.

Participating volunteers take weekly water samples, and sites are listed as failing to meet water quality standards if they exceed the EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 ml of water. Volunteers take samples early each week, and results are posted on Thursday or Friday. This sample data provides a general guide to the health of the waterway and should only be used for informational purposes. This data does not guarantee the sampled area is safe for swimming at all times. Overall, E. coli levels in the Watauga River are low, and the river is typically safe for swimming. However, E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events. As a general rule, if the water is clear, then E. coli levels are likely to be low. Please contact the Watauga Riverkeeper at andy@mountaintrue.org if you have questions. Please also contact us if you would like to volunteer to take water samples.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Watauga River 321 Access Upper Gorge Park

Sugar Grove, North Carolina

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 13th, 2019. MountainTrue Watauga Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

Watauga County owned and maintained public access park. Put in for Section 3 Watauga Gorge.

Parking for nearby popular swimming holes Laurel Creek Falls, Snake Pit.

Delayed harvest trout fishing upstream to Hubert Thomas.

Covered picnic shelter.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Watauga River 321 Access Upper Gorge Park is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Watauga Riverkeeper, housed at the MountainTrue, monitors the Watauga River Watershed for E. coli, a bacteria found in the waste (feces) of most warm-blooded animals, including humans. High levels of E. coli can pose a health risk for people swimming in the water.

Participating volunteers take weekly water samples, and sites are listed as failing to meet water quality standards if they exceed the EPA's recommended safe level for E. coli of 235 E. coli colonies per 100 ml of water. Volunteers take samples early each week, and results are posted on Thursday or Friday. This sample data provides a general guide to the health of the waterway and should only be used for informational purposes. This data does not guarantee the sampled area is safe for swimming at all times. Overall, E. coli levels in the Watauga River are low, and the river is typically safe for swimming. However, E. coli levels can change at any time and frequently increase after rain events. As a general rule, if the water is clear, then E. coli levels are likely to be low. Please contact the Watauga Riverkeeper at andy@mountaintrue.org if you have questions. Please also contact us if you would like to volunteer to take water samples.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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