Travel our mountains on country roads or narrow trails, alongside our streams and through valley farmland. Float the rivers and fish in our lakes. Whether you’re on your feet or on your seat, Hardy County offers exceptional outdoor recreation.
Load your boots and a backpack, a kreel, poles and paddles, or stow a picnic basket and blanket into the trunk of your car, whatever your idea of outdoor recreation is, Hardy County will help you realize that vision.
Hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and swimming, motorcycling, bird watching, fishing, hunting and golf are just a few of the activities to explore. Come play and Experience the Hardy Effect!
Hardy County’s diverse terrain makes hiking and backpacking both easy and challenging, depending on which trails you decide to try.
The George Washington National Forest and Lost River State Park offer a system of marked trails for hikers of all abilities. Popular trails for those wanting gentler hikes include the Rock Cliff Lake Trail at Trout Pond Recreation Area and climbing to Cranny Crow in Lost River State Park.
Sometimes you need to leave the machines behind and get back to a more natural mode of transportation to experience the trails and scenic overlooks. Guided rides mean even the most inexperienced rider can enjoy themselves.
Scenic country roads wind through open valleys hugged by hardwood-covered mountains. Whether your passion is trail blazing mountain roads or road biking country hardtop, Hardy County offers West Virginia’s finest touring and back-country opportunities to cyclist of all experience levels.
In the eastern part of the county, the George Washington National Forest offers miles of forest roads and trails. Topographical maps can be found online and at many roadside stores. In Lost River, the Lost River State Park has opened two trails to mountain biking – East Ridge and Covey Cove.
Motorcycle Riding in Hardy County
Hardy County offers some fantastic scenery for the perfect motorcycle road trips and rallies. Mountaineers are always free and freedom is calling you to ride through the mountains of Hardy County and the Potomac Highlands.
So what are you waiting for? Lean into the curve, twist that throttle, and roll on into Hardy County.
Hunting and Fishing
Hardy County is your dream destination for hunting and fishing. Angler’s love fishing the rivers, streams and WV only natural lake, Trout Pond, home to the native Brook Trout. Rock Cliff, Parker Hollow and Kimsey Run Lakes are small lakes that are stocked with trout. Bring out your waders and fly rod and head to Waites, Moore or Lower Cove Runs or any of the access areas along one of our four rivers.
If it’s bigger game you’re after head to one of several wildlife management areas or the George Washington National Forest. Squirrel, wild turkey, whitetail deer, and black bear are not uncommon sites in Hardy County’s many miles of wonderfully wild country.
Take to the Waters
Four rivers run through Hardy County the South Branch of the Potomac River, the South Fork, Lost River, and Cacapon River. They offer great fishing, canoeing and swimming. Late fall, winter and early spring (November to April) some areas offer whitewater rafting and kayaking. There are several outfitters nearby that work with the inns and hotels in the area.
Hardy County is blessed with beautiful high-mountain scenery but after hiking or biking your way across the county, you can cool down in a refreshing mountain lake or one of our local swimming pools. The Trout Pond Recreation Area has designated swimming areas and sand beaches at Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. If pools are more your thing there are several at the municipal parks in Moorefield and Wardensville, in Lost River State Park, and at several inns and vacation homes in Hardy County.
Hardy County is home to the Valley View Golf Course: Beautiful scenery is the added advantage to this challenging 18-hole course with a USGA course rating of 108/68.0 at the blue tee, 101/65.6 at the white, and 110/65.4 at the red tee. Located on US Route 220 between Moorefield and Petersburg. Contact the Pro Shop at (304) 538-6564 for current fees or visit them on the web.