Located amid the broad valleys and high ridges of the eastern Appalachian Mountains, Hardy County is an ideal getaway where visitors can enjoy exceptional outdoor recreation during all four seasons, experience traditional fairs and agricultural festivals, camp under the stars or stay in an award winning inn and delight in the charm, history and unique personalities of Hardy County’s rural communities.
Outside & In:
Take a horseback ride up to the CCC shelter at Cranny Crow and look out over the ridge tops. Bike or motorcycle the backroads that curve through the mountain and across the broad valleys. Hike the mountain trails of Lost River State Park and George Washington National Forest. Float and fish in our runs, rivers and lakes or hunt on the protected lands of the GWNF. Visit Trout Pond, WV’s only natural lake, and the Trough, a six-mile gorge on the South Branch River that is accessible only by water or scenic train.
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Want to take it easy? Pack your binoculars and watch Bald Eagles soar over the Lost and South Branch Rivers. Curl up in a rocker on a cabin porch overlooking the early morning mountain mist. Take in a movie, go for a swim, attend a local theater production, fit in a few rounds of golf or unwind with a massage.
Culture & Heritage:
Wherever you look you’ll see our history and yours. Shawnee lands were crossed by the westward movement of commerce and settled by farmers moving into the fertile valleys as early as 1750.
Take a walking tour through the historic towns of Moorefield and Wardensville. Climb to 3200’ to the overlook at Cranny Crow and see the Tusing Cabin built up there in 1840. Rich agricultural land in the valleys saw French and Indian War battles and the conflicts of the Revolution. Civil War Markers and historic buildings reflect the 19th Century while community parades, fairs and festivals celebrate our agricultural heritage.
Lore has a young surveyor, George Washington, canoeing up The Trough. It’s an amazing place and you can paddle the river or take the Potomac Eagle train through the same canyon. The Forest Reserve Act brought about the George Washington National Forest in 1917 and in the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corp built the bridges, trails, cabins and shelters to create Lost River State Park.
Eat & Drink:
Whatever your taste, Hardy County has it so come hungry! Your hike is over and you’re ready to tear into a burger and cold, local brew; we’ve got that. Been shopping and thought a sweet tea and pulled pork sandwich might hit the spot; we’ve got that. Celebrating that special evening with candlelight, a bottle of wine and fine dining; we’ve got that, too. Plan a picnic and pick up snacks, sodas and sandwiches at a convenience store. Seasonal country markets offer fresh local produce and meats, homemade breads and unique prepared foods. And more, so much more… From coffee shops with fresh baked pastries to cafés where everything is made fresh to order to traditional country restaurants and local foods festivals to fine dining, pop-up dinners and unique taverns, you can find whatever you are craving.
Shop In Town & Out:
“Shop Local” That’s what we do in Hardy County. We have all the basics as well as eclectic shopping venues offering hand crafted jewelry, baskets, textiles and pottery, fine furniture designed and built by local woodworkers, honey from Hardy County apiaries, artwork of every discipline, West Virginia wines and beers, books and candles to read them by.
Small town hardware stores, antique shops, farmers markets, country and general stores dot the County. You can find nearly anything you can imagine and while you are roaming the countryside you may notice there is no traffic, nor horns, and very, very few traffic lights. People you don’t know will wave to you as you pass by. Wave back and Experience the Hardy Effect!
Sleep & Relax:
You’ll need more than a day, or even a weekend, to take in all the breathtaking beauty of Hardy County. So, stay a while. Whether it’s camping, rustic cabins, comfortable hotel rooms, traditional inns or B&B’s or a unique vacation rental that attracts you, Hardy County has much to offer. Spend your days wandering in the mountains and your nights under the stars or in a comfortable bed and you will be planning your return before you even check out.
Enjoy the natural beauty and genuine hospitality of West Virginia, the heart of Appalachia, and Experience the Hardy Effect!