Glade Creek (New River tributary)

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Glade Creek
Glade Creek - Waterfalls.jpg
Waterfalls along Glade Creek
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
Physical characteristics
SourceFlat Top Mountain
 - locationRaleigh County, WV
 - coordinates37°35′25″N 81°05′41″W / 37.59028°N 81.09472°W / 37.59028; -81.09472
 - elevation3,271 ft (997 m)[1]
MouthNew River[2]
 - location
Raleigh County, WV
 - coordinates
37°49′47″N 81°00′46″W / 37.82972°N 81.01278°W / 37.82972; -81.01278Coordinates: 37°49′47″N 81°00′46″W / 37.82972°N 81.01278°W / 37.82972; -81.01278
 - elevation
1,207 ft (368 m)

Glade Creek is a major tributary of the New River in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Glade Creek lies within the largest side valley off New River in the New River Gorge National River area.


Glade Creek is formed on Flat Top Mountain just north of the point where Raleigh, Summers and Mercer counties intersect. Just north of its source near Ghent, it is impounded to form Flat Top Lake. Further north, it is again impounded to form Glade Creek Reservoir.


Immediately north of Glade Creek Reservoir, Glade Creek begins its canyon section. The canyon varies from about 200 feet (61 m) in depth at its upstream end to over 1,200 feet (370 m) deep near its mouth at the New River southeast of Prince.

Much of the lower canyon is traversed by an abandoned railroad bed. Today, this former railbed is now maintained as a hiking trail by New River Gorge National River.

Phil G. McDonald Bridge[edit]

Approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) upstream of its mouth, Glade Creek is crossed by Interstate 64 on the Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge, also known as the Glade Creek Bridge. This 2,179-foot (664 m) long deck truss bridge[3] towers 700 feet (210 m) above the creek bed,[4][5] making it the highest Interstate bridge in the United States.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Glade Creek Source". Elevation Query. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  2. ^ "Glade Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-06-27. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  3. ^ "American Bridge - Glade Creek Bridge". American Bridge Company. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  4. ^ "Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge Inspection Report" (PDF). West Virginia Division of Highways. September 24, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Phil G. McDonald Bridge". Highest Retrieved June 5, 2010.