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Big, bigger, biggest | by ~Fred Wolfe~
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Big, bigger, biggest

The Nature Conservancy web page for Brush Creek Falls makes the claim that this is the biggest waterfall in Southern West Virginia. On another web page a claim is made that Kanawha Falls is the biggest, not only in Southern West Virginia but the entire state. But upstream 50 miles is Sandstone Falls which is listed on the World Waterfall Directory as one of the biggest waterfalls in the world.


So, biggest equals largest volume of water? A good measure perhaps. Sandstone Falls has an average discharge of over 7,000 cubic feet per second. Kanawha Falls carries both the New River and the Gauley River so its volume is necessarily higher. So, in terms of volume of water both Sandstone Falls and Kanawha Falls take the prize.


How about widest? Well, that would be Sandstone Falls at 1,500 feet and about the same or greater for Kanawha Falls. Three other streams also wider than Brush Creek would be Camp Creek (Campbell Falls), Paint Creek and Peters Creek.


How about highest? Many falls in Southern West Virginia higher than Brush Creek. A list would include Riggs Branch, Laurel Branch, Cane Branch, first fall on Laurel Creek at Cotton Hill, upper fall on Marr Branch, Butcher Branch, Craig Branch, Confluence Falls, Fern Creek, Dowdy Creek and Pipestem Creek.


I would certainly, however, entertain the notion that Brush Creek is the prettiest. :-)

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Taken on June 25, 2015