Tygarts Creek is a tributary of the Ohio River, about 88 miles (142 km) long, in northeastern Kentucky
in the United States
.Via the Ohio, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. Tygarts Creek is named for early Kentucky explorer Michael Tygart, who eventually drowned in the creek, somewhere near the mouth.
Tygarts Creek is formed in southwestern Carter County
by the confluence of minor tributaries, Upper Tygart Branch and Flat Fork. It is joined a few miles down stream by the larger tributary known as Soldier Fork. Tygarts Creek flows generally north-northeastwardly past Olive Hill
and Carter Caves State Park into Greenup County
, where it flows into the Ohio River at the city of South Shore.