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Mill Creek is a tributary stream of the South Branch Potomac River, belonging to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. The stream is located in Hampshire Countymarker in West Virginiamarker's Eastern Panhandle. Mill Creek flows into the South Branch west of Romney Bridge near Vanderlipmarker along the Northwestern Turnpike (U.S. Route 50).

Headwaters and Course

Mill Creek's source lies in a hollow along Patterson Creek Mountainmarker (2641 feet) in the extreme southwestern corner of Hampshire County near the "four corners" (where Mineralmarker, Hampshiremarker, Hardymarker, and Grantmarker Counties touch). At a confluence with Elmlick Run north of Purgitsvillemarker, Mill Creek flows northward parallel to U.S. Route 220/West Virginia Route 28 through the community of Radamarker. Continuing to follow U.S. Route 220/W.V. Route 28 north, Mill Creek curves eastward at Junctionmarker after flowing under U.S. Route 50. East of Junction, the creek runs by the Sloan-Parker Housemarker and continues northeastward with Mill Creek Mountainmarker (2119 feet) bounding it to its east and Patterson Creek Mountainmarker to its west. At Mechanicsburgmarker, Mill Creek increases in size as it is joined by Titus Run, Sugar Run, and Dumpling Run. The wider stream makes a ninety degree turn in front of The Burg and enters Mechanicsburg Gapmarker through Mill Creek Mountainmarker. Mechanicsburg Gap is notable because of its many springs and the natural gateway it created for pioneers and settlers heading further west during the mid-1700s. Nearby overlooking Mill Creek and the South Branch are the Fort Mill Ridge Civil War Trenches on Mill Creek Mountain, south of the gap. At the hanging rocks at Phoenix Curve on U.S. Route 50, Mill Creek winds northward towards Vanderlip where it passes under a South Branch Valley Railroad wooden train trussel and joins the South Branch.

Trout Fishing

Mill Creek is stocked with rainbow trout from its mouth on the South Branch to Junction. The stream is stocked once in February and once every two weeks from March through May by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Bridges

Bridge Route Location
Bridge at Purgitsville US 220/WV 28 Purgitsvillemarker
Trinity Road Bridge Trinity Road (CR 220/11) Junctionmarker
Bridge at Junction Northwestern Turnpike (US 50/WV 28) Junctionmarker
Mechanicsburg Straight-Away Bridge Northwestern Turnpike (US 50/WV 28) Mechanicsburgmarker
Phoenix Curve Bridge Core Road (CR 50/53) Mechanicsburgmarker
Mill Meadow Wooden Tressel South Branch Valley Railroad Vanderlipmarker


Tributaries

Tributary streams are listed in order from south to north.

  • Elmlick Run
  • Camp Run
  • Horselick Run
  • Titus Run
  • Sugar Run
  • Dumpling Run
    • Mayhew Run
    • Long Meadow Run
  • Core Run


Image gallery

Image:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 2.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 3.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 4.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 5.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 6.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Romney WV 2008 10 30 7.JPG|Mill Creek at Mechanicsburg Gap viewed from the Core Road (County Route 50/53) bridge near RomneyImage:Mill Creek Junction WV 2008 10 30 1.JPG|Mill Creek viewed from Trinity Road (County Route 220/11) bridge at JunctionImage:Mill Creek Junction WV 2008 10 30 2.JPG|Mill Creek viewed from Trinity Road (County Route 220/11) bridge at JunctionImage:Mill Creek Junction WV 2008 10 30 3.JPG|Mill Creek viewed from Trinity Road (County Route 220/11) bridge at JunctionImage:Mill Creek Junction WV 2008 10 30 4.JPG|Mill Creek viewed from Trinity Road (County Route 220/11) bridge at JunctionImage:Mill Creek Junction WV 2008 10 30 5.JPG|Mill Creek viewed from Trinity Road (County Route 220/11) bridge at Junction

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