draft

In two distinct regions of the country, a gully, gorge, or steep ravine that contains a creek or small river is known as a draft. Ramseys Draft, in Virginia’s George Washington National Forest, is a cool slit of rock and soil lined with a roaring creek. The term is applied commonly in the mountains of north-central Pennsylvania and the deeply folded Appalachian peaks near the Virginia–West Virginia border, and almost nowhere else.

Jan DeBlieu