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Elkhorn Creek (Tug Fork)

Elkhorn Creek is a 23.7-mile-long tributary of the Tug Fork, belonging to the Ohio River and Mississippi River watersheds. It is located in McDowell and Mercer counties in West Virginia. Elkhorn Creek is also known as Elkhorn Fork and Elkhorn River. According to tradition, Elkhorn Creek was named after an incident when a pioneer hunter displayed an elk’s horn near the creek’s mouth.

Elkhorn Creek

Elkhorn Creek, a tributary of the Tug Fork, has become a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. Brown and Rainbow Trout flourish here.

More About Tug Fork

Approximately 10 miles northeast of Welch, access is provided by following U.S. Route 52 north to Premier. Several administrative roads and trails provide interior access for foot travel only. Tug Fork spans 6,673 acres and has terrain of primarily mixed hardwood forest with oak-hickory forest types on drier sites and yellow poplar/black cherry in the coves.

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