Broad Run (Loudoun County, Virginia)

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Broad Run
CountryUnited States
RegionLoudoun County
Physical characteristics
 - locationAldie
 - coordinates38°59′10″N 77°35′11″W / 38.9862207°N 77.586381°W / 38.9862207; -77.586381
MouthPotomac River
 - location
 - coordinates
39°04′16″N 77°26′38″W / 39.0712187°N 77.4438770°W / 39.0712187; -77.4438770Coordinates: 39°04′16″N 77°26′38″W / 39.0712187°N 77.4438770°W / 39.0712187; -77.4438770
 - elevation
184 ft (56 m)
Basin size91.3 sq mi (236 km2)
Basin features
 - leftBeaverdam Run
 - rightLenah Run, South Fork (Shenandoah River), Cabin Branch (Arcola), Horsepen Run, Cabin Branch (Sterling)

Broad Run is a tributary of the Potomac River in Loudoun County, Virginia. The creek, located between Goose Creek and Sugarland Run, principally drains portions of eastern Loudoun County, as well as a small portion of western Fairfax County.[1]

The headwaters of the creek are located about 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Aldie. The creek flows eastward near Arcola and continues generally northeast to its mouth at the Potomac near the southern end of Seldon's Island to the north of Sterling and about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Leesburg.[2] The watershed of the creek is 67.5 mi2 (175 km2) in Loudoun and 23.8 mi2 (62 km2) in Fairfax.[3]

The Broad Run High School and Broad Run Magisterial District of Loudoun derive their names from the creek.

The creek should not be confused with the nearby Broad Run (a tributary of the Occoquan River) that flows through Fauquier and Prince William Counties.[2]


Tributaries are listed in order from the source of Broad Run to its mouth.

  • Lenah Run
  • South Fork Broad Run
  • Cabin Branch
  • Horsepen Run
  • Cabin Branch
  • Beaverdam Run[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Loudoun County Government, Leesburg, VA (2006). "Loudoun County Watersheds." Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Map.
  2. ^ a b Edwards, Richard, ed. (1855). Statistical Gazetteer of the State of Virginia: Embracing Important Topographical and Historical Information from Recent and Original Sources, Together with the Results of the Last Census Population, in Most Cases, to 1854. Richmond, Virginia. p. 187. Retrieved 2014-01-02. BROAD RUN, of Loudoun county, Virginia, flows northward, and falls into the Potomac about 10 miles S.E. from Leesburg.
  3. ^ Loudoun County Department of Building and Development (2009)."Loudoun County Stream Assessment: Strategic Plan and Protocols." Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine 2009-09-25.
  4. ^ Loudoun County Government. "Stream Assessment 2009." Interactive map.