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, floating, canoeing and have hidden swimming holes. Trout Pond Recreation Area has two lakes, Trout Pond and Rock Cliff. Trout Pond is the only natural lake in West Virginia. You can enjoy swimming in designated areas and boating is permitted on both lakes. Gas powered motors are prohibited.
High water kayaking is a seasonal experience so check for river reviews and conditions: www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/state-summary/state/WV/. For something more serene, put your tube, canoe or kayak into “The Trough,” a scenic stretch of the South Branch of the Potomac between Moorefield and Romney (in nearby Hampshire County). The Trough, forms a narrow gorge accessible only by boat or foot along a single railroad track. This area is known for its excellent conditions for float fishing or leisure canoeing. Frequently you’ll see the Bald Eagles that nest in the area.
There are outfitters along the South Branch of the Potomac River, on the Cacapon River and one near Lost River State Park. Most rent canoes, tubes, and rafts and some also provide guided fishing trips.
Eagle’s Nest Outfitters
PO Box 731
Petersburg, WV 26847
Lost River Outfitters
13540 State Road 259
Mathias, WV 26812