Visit Hardy County to wander our country roads, hike our mountain trails, fish our runs and lakes, paddle our rivers, and explore our history and yours.
Rivers, Runs, and Lakes
Hardy County’s four rivers are either seasonally gentle or whitewater, with stocked lakes and mountain runs waiting to be fished. 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 with bald eagles soaring 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, West Virginia’s only natural lake.
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding
Lost River State Park has unforgettable vistas, including the impressive Cranny Crow Overlook. Hike the trails through the historic park or experience them on horseback with a guide from Hidden Trails Stables. Join Lost River Trails Coalition for trail building days to help expand trail options in the park. In nearby George Washington National Forest, hike or bike the trails to spectacular vistas.
In Town and Out
In Moorefield, tee off at Valley View Golf Course or visit West-Whitehill Winery for a tour and tasting. Pick pumpkins and strawberries at Buena Vista Farm or buy some locally grown corn and beef at White Barn Farm Market. Have lunch at Pupuseria Emerita and then enjoy hand-dipped ice cream from Sweet Treats on Main. See seasonal performances at McCoy’s Grand Theater, the latest movie at South Branch Cinema 6 or go bowling at Potomac Lanes.
Explore Lost River Artisans Marketplace, South Fork General Store, Lost River General Store, and Lost River Trading Post, for unique gifts, artwork and crafts, antiques, made-to-order food, and beverages. Visit WordPlay, an independent bookstore in Wardensville, then Wardensville Garden Market for local produce, meats, and pastries to take to your cabin or home.
Then, end your evening with dinner and live music at Mullin’s 1847 or Lost River Grill, dine by candlelight at the Guesthouse Lost River, or enjoy a steak at O’Neill’s while you plan your next day’s adventure.
Explore Our History and Yours
Heritage Weekend, held the fourth weekend in September, is a cross-county heritage event featuring antique farm equipment, quilt, and craft shows, historic home ‘Porch Talks,’ glass blowing demonstrations, Civil War reenactments, and lots of food and music.
Travel our country roads to see the Hardy County Barn Quilt Trail — and, making its inaugural appearance in September, the Hardy County Heritage Trails Project will feature its first driving tour. Download TheClio.org app and follow the Hardy County Historic Schoolhouse Trail to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced in getting an education during the era of one-room schoolhouses.
Plan to stay the night or the whole week!
Whether you want to make your own breakfast in a secluded mountain cabin or enjoy being served at a cozy bed and breakfast, Hardy County has a bit of everything. 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.
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