Watershed Profile - Town Creek
The Town Creek Watershed covers 152 square miles of Bedford County, Pennsylvania as well as Allegany County, Maryland—all this land area drains into Town Creek. Close to half of this remarkable watershed in Pennsylvania and almost one forth of it in Maryland is preserved as state forests and game lands. Eighty percent of the entire watershed is forested with the remainder mostly in small farms and isolated homesteads. Small scale agriculture and forest products augmented by tourism and outdoor recreation comprise the economic base of the region.
The entire watershed has barely 4,000 residents widely distributed with greater concentrations at Chaneysville in Pennsylvania, and at Flintstone and Old Town below the Mason-Dixon Line in Maryland. Because its watershed is relatively undeveloped, Town Creek remains one of the few near pristine streams draining into the Potomac River.
Starting in the Pennslvania highlands of Monroe and Southampton Townships, this jewel of a stream winds its way 52 miles through forest and farm on its way to the Potomac at Old Town, Maryland, from which it takes its name. The excellent water quality of this scenic stream supports abundant populations of pollution intolerant insects and 44 species of fish, including trout and smallmouth bass. Many of the tributaries host naturally reproducing trout populations.