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Big Run on the WVSDB Campus.
Big Run is a tributary stream of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Big Run flows through the city of Romneymarker and the campus of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Hampshire Countymarker, West Virginiamarker. The stream is known by local residents as Town Run and Town Creek.

Headwaters and course

Big Run rises on the western flanks of South Branch Mountainmarker to the east of Romney. From its source, the stream parallels the Northwestern Turnpike (U.S. Route 50) as it travels down the mountain. From the base of South Branch Mountain, Big Run flows under Grassy Lick Road (West Virginia Secondary Route 10) and beneath the old Miller's Market store followed by US 50. Once it flows north of US 50, Big Run meanders around the Koolwink Motel and continues to parallel the highway. On its northwestern track, the stream trickles through a number of residential communities before entering the grounds of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. At the WVSDB, Big Run serves as a forested scenic stream that meanders through the school's grounds. As of 2008, the old dam behind the school's maintenance buildings remains.

From the school, Big Run continues to the northwest by the community's Little League baseball field and below Romney's Savilla-Vale neighborhood. After it flows beneath High Street (West Virginia Route 28), Big Run parallels WV 28 moving northward and passes through the Hampshire County Industrial Park. It then flows beneath the South Branch Valley Railroad and passes the old "Cold Storage" facility before it empties into the South Branch Potomac River.

Flora

Trees along the creek's path include White oak (Quercus alba), Pin oak (Quercus palustris), Silver maple (Acer saccharinum), Sugar maple (Acer saccharum), Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana), Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), American Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), and American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis).

Bridges

Pedestrian Bridge over Big Run on the WVSDB Campus.
Bridge Route Location
Bridge at Grassy Lick Road Grassy Lick Road (CR 10) Romneymarker
US 50 Bridge Northwestern Turnpike (US 50) Romneymarker
Bridge at Koolwink Koolwink Driveway Romneymarker
Pedestrian Bridge WVSDB walkway Romneymarker
Quail Drive Bridge WVSDB road Romneymarker
High Street Bridge High Street (WV 28) Romneymarker
CR 28/16 Bridge Industrial Park Road (CR 28/16) Romneymarker
Wooden Tressel South Branch Valley Railroad Romneymarker


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