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Sleepy Creek
Sleepy Creek is located in West Virginia
Sleepy Creek
Sleepy Creek is located in the United States
Sleepy Creek
Location of the mouth of Sleepy Creek in West Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia, West Virginia
Counties Frederick, Morgan
Physical characteristics
Main source Near Whitacre, Frederick County, Virginia
39°21′17″N 78°20′39″W / 39.35472°N 78.34417°W / 39.35472; -78.34417
River mouth Potomac River
Sleepy Creek, Morgan County, West Virginia
39°40′14″N 78°05′04″W / 39.67056°N 78.08444°W / 39.67056; -78.08444
Length 44 mi (71 km)

Sleepy Creek is a 44.0-mile-long (70.8 km) tributary of the Potomac River in the United States, belonging to the Chesapeake Bay's watershed. The stream rises in Frederick County, Virginia, and flows through Morgan County, West Virginia before joining the Potomac near the community of Sleepy Creek.

While Sleepy Creek Lake is a part of the Sleepy Creek watershed, it is an impoundment of its tributary, Meadow Branch, in Berkeley County, West Virginia and not of Sleepy Creek itself.


Sleepy Creek's source lies north of State Route 127 in Frederick County, Virginia, near the Hampshire County, West Virginia border at Good. From Frederick County, Sleepy Creek flows north through Morgan County, West Virginia, where it drains into the Potomac at the community of Sleepy Creek on the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad mainline.


Tributary streams listed from south (source) to north (mouth).

  • Bear Garden Run
  • Hands Run
  • Breakneck Run
  • Indian Run
    • South Fork Indian Run
    • Middle Fork Indian Run
    • North Fork Indian Run
  • Rock Gap Run
  • Middle Fork Sleepy Creek
    • Iden Run
  • South Fork Sleepy Creek
    • Merchant Run
  • Mountain Run
  • Yellow Spring Run
  • Meadow Branch


Bridge Route Location
CR 38/10 Bridge Fish Hatchery Road (CR 38/10) Ridge
Oakland Road Bridge Oakland Road (CR 28) Oakland
CR 13 Bridge Winchester Grade Road (CR 13) Smith Crossroads
Smith Crossroads Bridge Spriggs Road (CR 13/1) Smith Crossroads
Johnson's Mill Bridge Johnson's Mill Road (CR 26) Johnsons Mill
CR 8 Bridge Highland Ridge Road (CR 8) Johnsons Mill
WV 9 Sleepy Creek Bridge Martinsburg Road (WV 9) Spohrs Crossroads
Restricted Height Bridge Burnt Mill Road (CR 1/3) Spohrs Crossroads
River Road Bridge River Road (CR 1) Sleepy Creek
Sleepy Creek Railroad Bridge Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Sleepy Creek

Cities and towns along Sleepy Creek

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