Your guide to outdoor adventures at Lost River State Park

Visiting Lost River State Park might take you off the beaten path, but that’s part of the appeal this secluded park. Located in a remote part of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle on 3,934 acres of quiet woodlands, Lost River is a popular destination for travelers from the booming D.C.-Baltimore metro area.

With rugged mountain views, miles of hiking trails and outdoor adventures to enjoy, Lost River is a perfect place for day trips, family vacations, cabin getaways and off-the-grid camping trips. Here’s what you need to know to plan a trip.

Featured activities at Lost River State Park

If you’re visiting Lost River State Park for the first time, there’s a good chance you’re coming for a glimpse of Almost Heaven views or a chance to escape the city. You don’t need much else to enjoy a trip to Lost River, but the following outdoor activities and attractions are worth checking out while you’re here:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming
  • Game courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Disc golf course

Featured trails at Lost River State Park

Whether you want to hike a short distance or explore all 23 miles of trails at Lost River State Park, there’s plenty of ground to cover during your visit. Here are a few of our favorite trails:

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 are welcome to use this trail.

Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Miller’s Rock Trail

This trail starts at the White Oak trailhead at the horse stables and leads to the Cranny Crow overlook, which offers a scenic view of five counties at an elevation of 3,200 feet.

Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

White Oak Trail

This equestrian trail accesses the Cranny Crow overlook and runs from the stable to the top of Big Ridge, at the junction of Miller’s Rock Trail.

Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Places to stay at Lost River State Park

One of the best things about Lost River State Park’s remote location is that visiting gives you an excuse to rent a campsite or cabin and get away for a weekend or longer.

Tentrr Campsites
Lost River has six all-new Tentrr campsites. Nestled deep in the park, these campsites provide comfortable camping near stunning views. Each Tentrr site comes equipped with:

  • A pre-set canvas tent on its own wooden deck platform
  • Tent furnished with a queen-size memory foam mattress, side tables and a propane tent heater
  • Picnic table, fire pit with a grill, a solar shower and portable camp toilet
  • An additional pop-up tent for guests (Air mattresses/sleeping pads not included)

A two-night minimum stay is required when booking Tentrr campsites on weekends.

Cabins
Families who want to enjoy many of the comforts of home will enjoy any of Lost River’s 26 cabins, which provide a great place to rest and relax after a day of outdoor adventures.

Campsites
For a more traditional camping experience, guests can stay at any of Lost River’s five campsites. Two campsites offer a primitive camping experience and are accessible by hiking 1.5 miles on White Oak Trail to the top of Big Ridge Mountain. There’s also a renovated ranger cabin on top of Big Ridge Mountain, near the historic Lost River Fire Tower. This pack-in, pack-out style camper cabin is only accessible by hiking two miles on White Oak Trail to Miller’s Rock Trail.

Recommended itinerary

Day Trip
Hike Miller’s Rock Trail to Cranny Crow Overlook
Enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s shelters
Cool off at the outdoor swimming pool

Extended Trip
Hike Miller’s Rock Trail to Cranny Crow Overlook
Enjoy a picnic at one of the park’s shelters
Cool off at the outdoor swimming pool
Rent a cabin or Tentrr campsite
Enjoy a guided horseback ride at Hidden Trails Stables
Travel to nearby attractions, such as Seneca Rocks or Spruce Knob

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