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