Big Sandy Creek (Cheat River tributary)

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Big Sandy Creek
Country United States
States Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Counties Fayette PA, Preston WV
 - left Little Sandy Creek (Big Sandy Creek)
Source Chestnut Ridge, Fayette County, Pennsylvania [1]
 - location Fayette County, PA
 - elevation 2,256 ft (688 m) [2]
 - coordinates 39°51′01″N 79°39′15″W / 39.85028°N 79.65417°W / 39.85028; -79.65417
Mouth Cheat River [3]
 - location Jenkinsburg, WV
 - elevation 616 ft (188 m)
 - coordinates 39°35′48″N 79°44′55″W / 39.59667°N 79.74861°W / 39.59667; -79.74861Coordinates: 39°35′48″N 79°44′55″W / 39.59667°N 79.74861°W / 39.59667; -79.74861
Discharge for Rockville, WV
 - average 50 cu ft/s (1 m3/s) [4]
 - max 931 cu ft/s (26 m3/s) (1912)
 - min 4.1 cu ft/s (0 m3/s) (1953)

Big Sandy Creek is a 31.3-mile-long (50.4 km)[5] mountain stream which begins in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and flows into Preston County, West Virginia, in the United States. The Big Sandy flows through Bruceton Mills and Rockville, West Virginia, before crashing down the mountainside and reaching its confluence with the Cheat River at the abandoned town of Jenkinsburg.

The Big Sandy is a popular whitewater kayaking run, a destination for paddlers from many states in the late winter and early spring. The most commonly run section is the Class-V Lower Big Sandy, from Rockville to Jenkinsburg, which contains two runnable waterfalls: Wonder Falls (Class IV) and Big Splat (Class 5.1).

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  1. ^ Brownfield, Pennsylvania quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic). U.S. Geological Survey. 1973. 
  2. ^ "Big Sandy Creek Source". Elevation Query. U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Big Sandy Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-06-27. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  4. ^ United States Geological Survey; USGS 03070500 BIG SANDY CREEK AT ROCKVILLE, WV; retrieved July 18, 2009.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed August 15, 2011

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