Rivers, Runs and Lakes

Hardy County’s rivers, stocked lakes, and mountain runs offer some of WV’s best fishing. Rent a canoe or kayak at Breezewood Adventures to see The Trough, an isolated 6-mile gorge on the South Branch of the Potomac River where bald eagles soar overhead. The South Fork is a seasonal float and fishing river, and Lost River disappears underground to become the Cacapon. Trout Pond Recreation Area is home to the 17-acre Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond, while diminutive, is West Virginia’s only natural lake.

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding

Visit Lost River State Park and the impressive Cranny Crow Overlook. Hike the trails through the historic park or experience them on horseback with a guide from Hidden Trails Stables. In nearby George Washington National Forest hike or bike the trails to spectacular mountain vistas. Join Lost River Trails Coalition for their Lost River Trail Run in May and Lost River Classic Gravel Ride in August.  

In Town and Out

In Moorefield, tee-off at Valley View Golf Club or visit West-Whitehill Winery for a tour and tasting. See performances at McCoy’s Grand Theater, the latest movie at South Branch Cinema 6, or go bowling at Potomac Lanes. Pick pumpkins and strawberries at Buena Vista Farm or buy locally grown produce and beef at one of the many farm markets across the county. Visit Dakota Glass to see glassblowing demonstrations, and WordPlay, an independent bookstore in Wardensville, or explore Lost River Artists Marketplace, South Fork General Store, Lost River General Store, Our Roots, and Lost River Trading Post, for WV-made products, artwork and crafts, antiques, made-to-order food, and beverages. 

Explore Our History and Yours

Travel our country roads to see the Hardy County Barn Quilt Trail. Download TheClio.org app and follow the Hardy County Historic Schoolhouse Trail. The Civil War Trails markers identify many historic sites in the county and the local museums, festivals, and parades celebrate our rural heritage.

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End your day with dinner and live music at Mullins 1847 or Lost River Grill, dine by candlelight at the Guesthouse, enjoy a steak at O’Neill’s, or a burger at Better Times, while you plan your next day’s adventure.

So, Visit Hardy for the day, but plan to spend the night! There are plenty of adventures left over to keep you busy the next day and the day after, too. 

HCCVB Website: https://visithardywv.com

HCCVB Facebook and Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/VisitHardy/

Links to above: 

Breezewood Adventures: https://www.breezewoodadventures.com

Trout Pond Recreation Area: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232162

Lost River State Park: https://wvstateparks.com/park/lost-river-state-park

Hidden Trails Stables: http://www.hiddentrailsstableswv.com

Lost River Trails Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lostrivertrailscoalition

George Washington National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=77721

Valley View Golf Club: http://www.valleyviewgolfwv.com

West-Whitehill Winery: https://www.westwhitehillwinery.com

Buena Vista Farm: https://www.facebook.com/buenavistafarm/

Farm Markets: https://visithardywv.com/eat-drink/farmers-markets/ 

McCoy’s Grand Theater: https://www.facebook.com/mccoysgrand/   

South Branch Cinema 6: https://www.southbranchcinema6.com

Potomac Lanes: https://www.potomaclanes.com/copy-of-about-1

Lost River Artists Marketplace: https://www.lostrivercrafts.com

South Fork General Store: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057410201954&ref=py_c 

Lost River General Store: https://www.innatlostriver.com/lost-river-general-store

Lost River Trading Post: https://www.lostrivertradingpost.com

Our Roots: https://www.facebook.com/ourrootswv/ 

Dakota Glass: https://www.facebook.com/dakotaglassworks/ 

WordPlay: https://www.facebook.com/wordplaywv

Mullins 1847: https://www.facebook.com/mullins1847/ 

Lost River Grill: http://lostrivergrill.com/

Guesthouse Lost River: https://www.guesthouselostriver.com/

O’Neill’s: https://www.facebook.com/ONeills-126217577398997

Better Times: https://www.facebook.com/BetterTimes2016/ 

Hardy County Barn Quilt Trail: https://www.lostrivercrafts.com/barn-quilt-trail

Hardy County Historic Schoolhouse Trail: https://theclio.com/tour/2295 

Civil War Trails: https://www.civilwartrails.org/docs/WV_PDF-mapguide.pdf 

Hardy County: https://visithardywv.com