The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Hughes River is a tributary of the Little Kanawha River that drains part of northern West Virginia. Eighteen miles upstream of its mouth, near Cisco, in Wirt County, the river divides into its northern and southern forks.
The 57 mile long North Fork rises in Ritchie County near the community of Mountain and flows generally southwestward, passing through North Bend State Park where it has been impounded as North Bend Lake. The 54 mile long South Fork rises in western Doddridge County and flows generally westwardly through southern Ritchie County.
The river may have been discovered and named by explorer Jesse Hughes (c. 1750–1829), who lived on Hacker's Creek in Lewis County. Much of the lower river below its forks flows through the Hughes River Wildlife Management Area.