About This Park

Located in the wooded mountains of Hardy County in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Lost River State Park provides cabin lodging and an abundance of outdoor recreation. The park’s quiet 3,712 acres of woods provides a secluded getaway for nature lovers. Lost River is known for its Cranny Crow overlook on top of Big Ridge Mountain, which offers a commanding view of five counties.

Lost River State Park

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
  • Biking
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • 859
    Hunting
  • 859
    Museums & Historical Sites
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Swimming
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History

Lost River State Park is located near the site of the 1756 Battle of Lost River, a battle fought during the French and Indian War. It’s also home to the Lee Cabin, the home of Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee, a Revolutionary War general and father of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. The restored cabin is across the creek from Lee Sulphur Spring, known for its sulfuric smell and rumored healing properties. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Lost River State Park opened in 1937.

Accommodations

Cabins

Lost River State Park has 26 cabins available for overnight guests. Of these cabins, 11 are comfortably furnished classic cabins. The other 15 are legacy cabins. Both cabin types have fireplaces and come fully furnished. Two of the cabins are handicap-accessible and nine cabins are pet-friendly.

Additional Information

Picnicking

Pack a picnic for the trails! Picnic shelters are located throughout the park and large pavilions are available to rent for any occasion.

Trails

Arbutus Trail

This trail runs from East Ridge Trail to Loblolly Trail near storage building.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Big Ridge Trail

This trail runs from the lower Fire Tower Road around Big Ridge and back onto Fire Tower Road on top of Big Ridge.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Moderate

Branch Mountain Trail

This trail runs from Shingle Mill Land Trail near the lower picnic area to the top of the ridge, rejoining Shingle Mill Land Trail.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Copse Cove Trail

This trail runs from the Lee Sulphur Spring near Cabin No. 1 or across from the parking lot near Cabin No. 2 to the intersection of Light Horse Harry Lee Trail.
Distance 1.75 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Covey Cove Trail

This trail runs from the end of Cabin Run Road to Light Horse Harry Lee Trail and then to Piney Ridge Road. (Mountain bikers welcome.)
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

East Ridge Trail

This trail runs from Howard’s Lick Run near the east entrance to the intersection of Red Fox Trail and Light Horse Harry Lee Trail near the southwest corner of the park. (Mountain bikers welcome.)
Distance 2.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Howard Lick Trail

This trail runs from the parking lot near Cabin No. 3 or the nearby picnic area to the junction of East Ridge Trail near the park’s east entrance.
Distance 1.25 miles
Difficulty Easy

Laurel Trail

This trail runs from the administration building to the junction of Razor Ridge Trail.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Lee Trail

This trail starts at Cabin No. 8 and crosses Light Horse Harry Lee Trail to Copse Cove Trail.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Lighthorse Harry Lee Trail

This horse trail runs from the playground across from the administration building to the junction of East Ridge Trail and Red Fox Trail.
Distance 1.25 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Loblolly Trail

This trail runs from the end of the road near the storage building to the end of Cabin Run Road.
Distance 0.875 miles
Difficulty Easy

Millers Rock Trail

This trail starts at the White Oak trailhead at the horse stables and leads to the Cranny Crow overlook at an elevation of 3,200 feet, offering a scenic panorama of five counties.
Distance 3.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Razor Ridge Trail

This trail runs from the parking lot near the swimming pool and Cabin No. 3 at the intersection of Howard Lick Trail to East Ridge Trail.
Distance 1.25 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Red Fox Trail

This trail runs from East Ridge Trail to Piney Ridge Road near the southwest corner of the park. (Mountain bikers welcome.)
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Shingle Mill Lane Trail

This horse trail runs from the stables to the lower picnic area.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Moderate

Staghorn Trail

This trail runs from East Ridge Trail to Cabin Run Road near Cabin No. 17.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Moderate

Virginia View Trail

This trail runs from Miller’s Rock Trail at Cheeks Rocks to Big Ridge Trail near Big Ridge Picnic Shelter.
Distance 0.625 miles
Difficulty Moderate

White Oak Trail

This horse trail runs from the stable to the top of Big Ridge at the junction of Miller’s Rock Trail.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Wood Thrush Trail

This trail runs from East Ridge Trail to Staghorn Trail.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Moderate
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Dolly Sods Wilderness

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Seneca Rocks

This rock formation rising 1,000 feet from the forest floor is a popular destination among rock climbers. A 1.3 mile hiking trail leads to an overlook on top of the rocks that will be hard to forget.

NROCKS Outdoor Adventures

Best known for the via ferrata fixed-anchor type of rock climbing, NROCKS also offers other activities, such as zip lining, traditional rock climbing, and wild cave exploration.

Spruce Knob

Come be the King of the Mountain at the highest point in West Virginia! At an elevation of 4,861 feet you can climb the lookout tower near the parking area and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley. Numerous hiking trails run through the area for your enjoyment.

Smoke Hole Caverns

Do you enjoy walking but want to see the mountains from a new perspective? Underground walking tours of the Smoke Hole Caverns would be perfect for you featuring the Room of a Million Stalactites.

Seneca Caverns

Seneca Caverns is full of fun activities for the whole family including underground walking tours of the Seneca cave system and gemstone mining.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Running from Romney to Moorefield and Petersburg, this railroad gets its name from the many bald eagle sightings that are reported on its run through the trough along the South Branch of the Potomac River. Soak up the scenery and get great photographs for years to come!

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