Hardy County’s diverse terrain makes hiking and backpacking both easy and challenging, depending on which trails you decide to try. No matter what level of hiking you choose, you’re guaranteed an exhilarating experience. Fresh mountain air, beautiful views, hardwood and evergreen trees, streams, bridges and plentiful wildlife – the occasional black bear! – are among the things you’ll encounter while hiking.

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 easier hikes include the Rock Cliff Lake Trail at Trout Pond Recreation Area and Cranny Crow in Lost River State Park.

There are many more hikes to choose from too. Click below to read reviews posted on hikeupward.com by other folks who have already made these trips. Please be sure to assess your ability and evaluate the degree of difficulty and experience required before you begin your hike:

Sugar Knob, Wardensville, WV, 11.2 miles

Half Moon Mountain, Wardensville, WV, 9.5 miles

Gerhart Shelter, Wardensville, WV, 10.6 miles

Long Mountain, Wardensville, WV, 9.2 miles

Long Mountain Ridge, Wardensville, WV, 6.3 miles

Trout Pond, Lost River, WV, 8.5 miles

Cranny Crow and Big Ridge, Lost River State Park, 11.1 miles

Big Schloss, Columbia Furnace, 4.1 miles

Travel Times

CityTravel Time
Annapolis, MD.....3 hours 26 mins
Baltimore, MD .......3 hours 5 mins
Boston, MA ...10 hours 43 mins
Charlotte, NC .....6 hours 18 mins
Charlottesville, VA .....2 hours 43 mins
Chicago, IL ...10 hours 38 mins
Cinncinatti, OH .....7 hours 15 mins
Columbus, OH .....5 hours 54 mins
New York City, NY ......6 hours 56 mins
Pittsburgh, PA .....3 hours 36 mins
Richmond, VA .....3 hours 46 mins
Washington, DC .....2 hours 49 mins


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Moorefield, WV 26836