Sideling Hill Creek - Purcell Penn.(sr 2011)to the Potomac river

Sideling Hill Creek, Maryland, US


Purcell Penn.(sr 2011)to the Potomac river

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 27 Miles
Avg. Gradient 15 fpm

Spring 2004

Spring 2004
Photo by John Duke taken 05/02/04 @ 1.7 bare minimum

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01610155 1.85 - 6.60 ft I-II 00h25m 2.32 ft (running)

River Description

This is not to be confused with the other Sideling Hill Creek, which hangs out in Pennsylvania.

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
You can spend a lovely day above I-68 or below. Your choice. The stretch above the interstate is mostly private land but has little development and the stretch below the interstate is partly in government hands. Both have lovely rugged hills and bouncy but tame rapids. The next bridge down from the interstate makes a good putin or takeout and has a painted gauge that should read at least –3”. The takeout area is presently in a state of flux, with bridge work and a major bike construction project. But there is access that might change from time to time. Exercise caution in hunting season.

The following info. is from John DukeEmail me with any questions!
Camping areas
The best isGreenridge state Forest,having 100 campsites spaced out between Sideling Hill Creek and Town Creek.One site(#85) is right on the banks of Sideling.You must register at the headquarters before camping
Access Points
Mile 0.0--Robinsonville road bridge(sr 2011)has good access over the West Branch,it also has a painted gauge on downstream river left.
Mile 0.4--Sideling hill road(tr 330):has decent access over the TINY East Branch
Mile 3.0--Try putting in on the rt.26 bridge over Piney creek,for a 1 mile ride with a 50 foot drop to the confluence.
Mile 4.3--Silver Mills road bridge(tr319)Has good parking but you will have to push through some stickers!
Mile 7.5--Rt.484 bridge:has good parking but there are cows and fences around.
Mile 8.8--Dirt road ford off of rt.484:This looks like a pretty good access point.
Mile 13.4--High Germany road bridge:The Nature Conservancy owns 2000 feet of Land on river left with good parking.
Mile 14.4--Old rt. 40 bridge:This is the most used access on this stream,separating what is considered the upper and lower sections.
Mile 20.2--Harry Norris road ford:fantastic access on Nature Conservancy land>
Mile 23.5--Cliff Road:there is very good access at Greenridge State Forest campsite #85.It seems to me that the county does not plow or care for this skinny liitle class 3 road.
Mile 25.7--Zeigler road bridge:is now open.there is good parking with a steep carry at this bridge.
Mile 27.2--Confluence with the Potomac:I don't think there is access near the confluence,but you can go on down the Potomac a mile or so and make a long carry up to woodmont rd.!NOTE:The conditions near the confluence are different every time I go there!
to locate access points see maps below
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-05-04 19:46:00


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 25 2015 (1366 days ago)
Glen PearcyDetails
The Thursday Paddlers ran this creek on April 23, 2015. Here's a little video:
May 30 2011 (2792 days ago)
Steve ReeseDetails
5/28/2010 Ran the creek from high germany rd down to an access road across from riser road. Water
level at the gauge at high germany was 5.7 ft with ~1500cfs. Water was to high and swift for my
skill level and would not attempt again.
December 19 2002 (5875 days ago)
John DukeDetails
On our trip(12-15-02)the bellegrove gauge was at 3.3,putting 675c.f.s. in this small creek.The
rapids become 2+ and a long cold swim could be very dangerous to the inexperienced paddler!