Serving as the state border between West Virginia & Kentucky, the "mighty tug" is quickly becoming a destination of itself for fishermen and kayaking fans alike.
Williamson, West Virginia (Left), The Tug Fork River (Center), and US-119 (Right)
The Tug Fork River stretches 159 Miles long from close to the Virginia state line in McDowell County, West Virginia to Louisa, Kentucky where it joins the Levisa Fork to from the Big Sandy River.
Because of this, the Tug Fork is considered to be part of the Mississippi River watershed. Uniquely, the Tug Fork is one of the rare rivers that flow north.
The origins of its name were noted by Toponymist George R. Stewart as in 1756, a small army of Virginians and Cherokees conducted war raids against the Shawnee. At one point, they killed and ate two buffalo and hung their hides from a tree. The later took these hides and cut them into thin strips called "tugs".
Stewart noted another possible origin, perhaps more accurate. In the Cherokee language, "tugulu" refers to the forks of a stream, as in the Tugaloo River and other streams in former Cherokee lands named "tug".
Kayakers float down the Tug Fork River beside South Williamson, Kentucky.