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With hundreds of miles of protected land and scenic byways, it’s easy to describe West Virginia as a road trip state. But to get to the heart and soul of the Mountain State, head to Hardy County. There, you’ll find the gateway to Route 48, a roadway that’s a big hit for wayward explorers that don’t mind falling off the grid for a few days. From trail rides in Lost River State Park to authentic down home country cooking in Wardensville, here’s a quick roundup of the gems in eastern West Virginia.
Hit the Trails in
Lost River State Park
More than three dozen state parks are scattered across the Mountain State, but there’s one that seems to rise above the rest, especially in the fall and spring. Motorcyclists love to frequent the winding roads within Lost River State Park. Meanwhile, outdoorsmen and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the park’s collection of trails (Cranny Crow in particular) on foot or on hoof. If you're looking for a local to show you the ropes, take a trail ride with Hidden Trails Stables. After you’re done exploring on your steed, stop by the Lost River Brew Company in Wardensville to toast to your adventures.
Find Your Oasis
Whether you prefer glamping, roughing it or something else entirely, everyone can agree that the Guesthouse Lost River is a true delight in the heart of the West Virginian wilderness. Located just two hours outside Washington, DC, the Guesthouse is a quaint bed and breakfast that feels more like a luxury hotel lost in the woods. Guests who score a stay there can choose from a number of signature spa treatments or soak in one of the hot tubs — the perfect reward after a day of hiking and biking through the verdant forest.
Take in the Views
There’s more to Hardy County than just the Lost River area. The George Washington National Forest winds its way across incredible stretches of land, streams, and ridges in West Virginia, including Half Moon Mountain and a more extensive version of Lost River’s Cranny Crow trail. Serious backpackers and campers who take on Sugar Knob and Half Moon will be rewarded with roaring waterfalls and jaw-dropping alpine views. If you can swing it, try to time your hike so that you can view an Appalachian sunset — it's a rite of passage for every West Virginia visitor.