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Leading Creek
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Location of the mouth of Leading Creek in Elkins, West Virginia
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Randolph County
Physical characteristics
Main source north of Montrose
2,431 ft (741 m)
39°06′59″N 79°49′11″W / 39.1164923°N 79.8197921°W / 39.1164923; -79.8197921
River mouth Tygart Valley River
1,896 ft (578 m)
38°56′08″N 79°52′54″W / 38.9356612°N 79.8817369°W / 38.9356612; -79.8817369
Length 17.4 mi (28.0 km)
Basin features
Basin size 61 sq mi (160 km2)

Leading Creek is a tributary of the Tygart Valley River, 17.4 miles (28.0 km) long, in eastern West Virginia in the United States. Via the Tygart Valley, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 61 square miles (160 km2) in the Allegheny Mountains. The stream's entire course and drainage basin are in northern Randolph County.

Leading Creek rises north of Montrose and flows southward in a valley between Laurel Mountain and Cheat Mountain, through Montrose and the unincorporated community of Kerens, to Elkins, where it flows into the Tygart Valley River from the north. The creek is paralleled by U.S. Route 219 for most of its course.

According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, approximately 80 percent of the Leading Creek watershed is forested, mostly deciduous. Approximately 18 percent is used for pasture and agriculture.

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