The Black Fork
is a principal tributary
of the Cheat River
in eastern West Virginia
in the United States
. It is a short stream, about four miles
(6 km) in length, formed by the confluence
of two other streams not far above its mouth.
Via the Cheat, Monongahela
Rivers, it is part of the watershed
of the Mississippi River
, draining an area of 500 square miles
(1,295 km²). The Black Fork flows for its entire length in Tucker County
. It is formed at the town of Hendricks
by the confluence of the Dry Fork
and the Blackwater River
, and flows generally northwestwardly through Hambleton
, where it joins the Shavers Fork
to form the Cheat River.
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names
settled on "Black Fork" as the stream's name in 1930. According to the Geographic Names Information System
, it has also been known historically as "Blackwater Fork" and as the Blackwater River
- Julian, Norman. 2006. "Cheat River." The West Virginia Encyclopedia. Ken Sullivan, editor. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Humanities Council. ISBN 0-9778498-0-5.