Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary)

Walnut Creek is a 17.93 mi (28.86 km) long 4th order tributary to the Neuse River in Wake County.

Walnut Creek
Tributary to Neuse River
Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary) is located in North Carolina
Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary)
Location of Walnut Creek mouth
Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary) is located in the United States
Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary)
Walnut Creek (Neuse River tributary) (the United States)
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyWake
CitiesCary
Raleigh
Physical characteristics
Sourcedivide between Walnut Creek and Crabtree Creek
 ⁃ locationCary, North Carolina
 ⁃ coordinates35°47′22″N 078°45′17″W / 35.78944°N 78.75472°W / 35.78944; -78.75472[1]
 ⁃ elevation485 ft (148 m)[2]
MouthNeuse River
 ⁃ location
Raleigh, North Carolina
 ⁃ coordinates
35°45′03″N 078°31′55″W / 35.75083°N 78.53194°W / 35.75083; -78.53194Coordinates: 35°45′03″N 078°31′55″W / 35.75083°N 78.53194°W / 35.75083; -78.53194[1]
 ⁃ elevation
151 ft (46 m)[1]
Length17.93 mi (28.86 km)[3]
Basin size45.98 square miles (119.1 km2)[4]
Discharge 
 ⁃ locationNeuse River
 ⁃ average49.58 cu ft/s (1.404 m3/s) at mouth with Neuse River[4]
Basin features
Progressioneast
River systemNeuse River
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftSimmons Branch
Rocky Branch
 ⁃ rightWildcat Branch
Big Branch
WaterbodiesLake Johnson
Lake Raleigh

Variant namesEdit

According to the Geographic Names Information System, it has also been known historically as:[1]

  • Wall-nut Tree Creek

CourseEdit

Walnut Creek rises in a pond in Cary, North Carolina in Wake County and then flows east to meet through Cary and Raleigh to join the Neuse River.[2] Walnut Creek drains most of the southern areas of Raleigh, North Carolina.

WatershedEdit

Walnut Creek drains 45.98 square miles (119.1 km2) of area and is underlaid by a number of geologic formations on its course east. These include the Carolina terrane, Crabtree terrane, Falls Leucogneiss, Raleigh terrane, and the Rolesville Batholith.[5] The watershed receives about 46.8 in/year of precipitation, has a wetness index of 429.16 and is about 22% forested.[4]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "GNIS Detail - Walnut Creek". geonames.usgs.gov. US Geological Survey. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Walnut Creek Topo Map, Wake County NC (Raleigh East Area)". TopoZone. Locality, LLC. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". epa.maps.arcgis.com. US EPA. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Walnut Creek Watershed Report". Waters Geoviewer. US EPA. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Generalized Bedrock Geologic Map of Wake County, North Carolina" (PDF). County of Wake. Wake County, North Carolina. Retrieved 27 September 2019.