Evitts Creek (North Branch Potomac River)

Evitts Creek (North Branch Potomac River)

Evitts Creek (North Branch Potomac River)

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Evitts Creek is a tributary stream of the North Branch Potomac River in the U.S. states of Pennsylvania and Maryland. The confluence of Evitts Creek and the North Branch Potomac River is located two miles (3 km) east of Cumberland, Maryland.

Evitts Creek is long. It flows from Southwestern Pennsylvania through Northwestern Maryland. The stream rises in central Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and flows southwest between Evitts Mountain ridge and Wills Mountain ridge, through the Koon and Gordon Reservoirs and into the North Branch Potomac River southeast of Cumberland, Maryland at 39°55'N 78°36'W.

Evitts Creek and Evitts Mountain are named in honor of an early pioneer in Allegany County, Maryland who in the 1780s decided to contemplate his bachelorhood from the isolated top of what is today called Evitts Mountain, far from the distractions of society. At the top of the over-1,000-foot (305-m) Evitts Mountain ridge is what is supposedly his old homestead, from which he would return by the same route every day hiking a steep trail, today called Evitts Homestead Trail. Evitts Creek runs past the eastern base of Evitts Mountain, into what is today Rocky Gap State Parkhttp://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/rockygapguide.html.The water supply of Cumberland, Maryland is provided by Evitts Creek.

Brook trout are native to Evitts Creek as well as the surrounding area, but current populations are limited to nonexistent. Trout are stocked annually in both Pennsylvania and...
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