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Saltlick Creek
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Location of the mouth of Saltlick Creek in Burnsville, West Virginia
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Braxton
Physical characteristics
Main source south of Flatwoods
1,303 ft (397 m)
38°41′44″N 80°39′15″W / 38.6956554°N 80.6542611°W / 38.6956554; -80.6542611
River mouth Little Kanawha River
741 ft (226 m)
38°51′24″N 80°39′22″W / 38.8567624°N 80.6562068°W / 38.8567624; -80.6562068
Length 17.7 mi (28.5 km)
Basin features
Basin size 49 sq mi (130 km2)

Saltlick Creek is a tributary of the Little Kanawha River, 17.7 miles (28.5 km) long, located in central West Virginia in the United States. Via the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 49 square miles (130 km2) in a rural region on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.

Saltlick Creek flows for its entire length in Braxton County. It rises approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Flatwoods and flows generally northward, through the communities of Corley, Rollyson, and Gem to its mouth at the Little Kanawha River in Burnsville. Downstream of Rollyson, the creek is paralleled by West Virginia Route 5.

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

According to the Geographic Names Information System, Saltlick Creek has historically been known by the variant names "Salt Lick," "Salt Lick Creek," "Salt Lick Fork," and "Saltlick Fork." The creek was named for a nearby mineral lick.

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