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Tygart Valley River

The Tygart Valley River, sometimes known as the Tygart River, is a principal tributary of the Monongahela River.

What do you know about the Tygart Valley River? Explore the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. The source of the Tygart Valley River is in the Allegheny Mountains in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. What is the elevation?

  • 4,540 feet
  • 4,550 feet
  • 4,560 feel

2. What is the length of the river?

  • 160 miles
  • 260 miles
  • 360 miles

3. Downstream of Elkins, the Tygart Valley River passes through a gap between Rich Mountain and Laurel Mountain, which are considered to be part of the westernmost ridge of the Allegheny Mountains and the boundary between the Alleghenies and the Allegheny Plateau.

  • True or False?

4. The Buckhannon River joins the Tygart Valley River just downstream of Carrollton, approximately four miles southwest of what West Virginia city?

  • Philippi
  • Clarksburg
  • Fairmont

5. What is the river that joins the Tygart Valley River, approximately five miles south of Philippi and a few miles upstream of the mouth of the Buckhannon River?

  • Kittle Creek
  • Birch Fork
  • Middle Fork River

6. Just upstream of Grafton, the river was impounded by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam to form Tygart Lake. When was the dam built?

  • 1938
  • 1948
  • 1958

7. What is the state park located between Grafton and Fairmont?

  • Valley Falls State Park
  • Rolling Hills State Park
  • International Falls State Park

8. The Tygart Valley was first settled by Europeans in 1753 when David Tygart (for whom the valley and river are named) and Robert Files (or Foyle) located (separately) with their families. They settled in the vicinity of what present-day town?

  • Shawnee
  • Elkins
  • Beverly

9. The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "Tygart River" as the stream's name in 1902, and changed it to "Tygart Valley River" in 1950.

  • True or False?

10. The Tygart Valley River flows into the Monongahela River at Fairmont, West Virginia. What is the elevation?

  • 863 feet
  • 873 feet
  • 883 feet


Tygart Valley River Answers

  1. 4,540 feet
  2. 160 miles
  3. True
  4. Philippi
  5. Middle Fork River
  6. 1938
  7. Valley Falls State Park
  8. Beverly
  9. True
  10. 863 feet

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