Lost River Cabin

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Listed below are some things to do around our Lost River Cabin. Airbnb listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2131701

Some background of the Lost River name: “The headwaters region of the Cacapon River is known as the Lost River, receiving its descriptive name because of its abrupt termination into a one-mile underground course between the towns of Baker and Wardensville, WV. When the Lost River resurfaces, it is renamed the Cacapon River.”



Lost River Brewing Company

On the nicer side of brewpub but still laid back, nicest restaurant in Wardensville. As one guest reviewed it: "Lost River Brewery is a must visit, serving good craft beers and imaginative dishes featuring local produce." 9.0mi / 15min

Open Thursday to Sunday for dinner - reservations suggested 304-874-4455. Saturday & Sunday lunch. gmap website


Good ole country and home-cooking in Wardensville. 9.6mi / 17min

Open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. gmap website

Guesthouse Restaurant

More upscale restaurant with a relaxed/classy bar area and nice dining room, delicious food. 5.8mi / 15min

Turn right on Thorne Bottom Rd (road turns into Mill Gap Rd) and go 5.3 miles, then turn right on Settlers Valley Way, restaurant will be up the hill on your right.

Open Fridays and Saturdays for dinner - reservations suggested 304-897-5707. Saturday lunch Memorial Day to Labor Day gmap website

Lost River Grill

Large dining area and low-key bar. Wide variety of food, good fresh kale side, has vegetarian options. 8.3mi / 20min

Turn right on Thorne Bottom Rd (road turns into Mill Gap Rd) and go until Rt 259 then turn left, restaurant will be down the road on your left.

Open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner (closed for Mon lunch) 304-897-6482. gmap website

Other Restaurants in Wardensville

  • Quarter Mile Diner - good stingray (fish) tacos, and bacon coleslaw
  • Star Mercantile - good lunch-time sandwich place with soups and ice cream, also has small general store area
  • Mountaineer - burgers, subs, etc.
  • Marinas Pizza

Other Restaurants

  • N & S Family Restaurant - small place with home cooked meals, our friends tell us it is worth trying. Next to entrance of Lost River State Park. 14.6mi / 28min gmap
  • Lost River General Store / Cafe - never been, but it has good reviews. 7.4mi / 19min gmap

Shops / Farmer's Markets / Grocery Store

Lost River Trading Post

You can come here for free wifi and a place to use your laptop. Local goods, tasty bakery, local art, refurbished antiques... nice place to check things out and get coffee. 9.3mi / 16min gmap website

Farmer's Markets / Farm

  • Lost River Farmers Market
    • Different farmers/vendors coming together. 6.2mi / 16min
    • Open Saturdays 9am – 1pm, spring to fall. From cabin, turn right onto Thorne Bottom Rd (road turns into Mill Gap Rd), located 1 mile before road stops at Rt 259. gmap website
  • Wardensville Garden Market
    • Non-profit run by local students with a bakery and items from their farm. Yummy Apple cake and coconut macaroons. They have outdoor and indoor areas. Open Thu-Sun. 9.6mi / 17min website
  • Capon Crossing Farm Market
    • Farm market at the farm itself. Eggs from the farm, seasonal fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, occasional bluegrass weekend events. 13.7mi / 26min
    • "Open Daily from Sun-Up to Sun-Down." gmap website
  • Woodbine Farm Market (on the way from VA)
    • Next to I-81 on Route 55. From cabin guest: "If you are traveling from DC ... a great place to stock up with fresh veggies, cheeses and other local treasures on your way!" - also has local hard cider gmap website
  • Buena Vista Farm (pick you own)
    • Farm offers pick your own berries, etc. For more info, check here (scroll to Hardy County). 34mi / 39min

Lost River Artisans Cooperative

Handmade objects from local potters, painters, jewelers, print makers, knitters, fiber artists, glass makers, photographers, and more. Classes provide visitors a hands-on opportunity to learn first-hand about heritage crafts and contemporary arts. 7.3mi / 19min

Turn right on Thorne Bottom Rd, turn left on Rt 259 then immediately turn left. 304-897-7242 gmap website

Kerr’s Grocery

Grocery store. Also next door is a hardware store and Kerr Auto Parts, in Wardensville. gmap


  • Wicked Oak Farms & Vineyard: VA vineyard with a market. 20.3mi / 32min, Open Friday & Saturday: 12-7pm Sunday: 1-6pm (hours may be seasonal, check website) gmap website
  • West-Whitehill Winery: WV winery, berry wines. 38.7mi / 53min, Open Friday & Saturday: 1-5pm (Jan - Mar, Saturdays only) gmap website

Trout Pond Recreational Area

Access is $5 per person. This area has swimming, short/long hikes, fishing, etc. Entrance is about 2.5 miles from cabin (then a short drive to the pond/trail)

Trout Pond is one of the only naturally formed lakes in WV. Attached is Rock Cliff Lake, a 17-acre man-made lake. A trail surrounding the entire lake provides bank fishing access at Rock Cliff Lake. All types of boating from motor to sailboats are welcome.

The white-sand beach is very nice for swimming, there are picnic tables, and a children's playground.


  • 1 mile loop around the Rock Cliff Lake
  • 2 mile hike south on Trout Pond Trail to Lina Constable Overlook (1 mile there, 1 mile back)
  • 8.5 mile loop, more challenging with great views and rock formations, detailed trail map: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/TroutPond/
  • Connects to more trails - see Great North Mountain


Most trails below are also listed on the National Geographic trail inventory: http://mapwv.gov/trails/ - you need to zoom in to the area

Great North Mountain

Large trail system next to cabin with many trails and several entrance points, see map: http://www.hardycounty.com/files/documents/Great_North_trails_map-info2011-smres_1.pdf

Big Schloss / Tibbet Knob

The 2 trails start at the same location and go in different directions, entrance is about 12.0 miles / 25 min from cabin

Big Schloss is 4.1 miles, detailed trail map: http://www.hikingupward.com/gwnf/BigSchloss/

Tibbet Knob is 3.1 miles, detailed trail map: http://www.hikingupward.com/gwnf/tibbetknob/

Halfmoon Mountain

Trail entrance is about 4.5 miles from cabin. Left on Thorne Bottom Rd, right on Trout Run Road, go 0.6mi and trail entrance is on the left.

Trail is a 9.5 mile loop, detailed trail map: http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/HalfmoonMountain/

More North Great Mountain Hikes

#Trout Pond Recreational Area has short and long hikes.

See Hardy County's hiking page for Sugar Knob, Gerhart Shelter, and Long Mountain.

Lost River State Park

Park has several hiking trails (also has summer options such as horseback riding and an activities building with pool, tennis courts, etc) 16.0mi / 30min from cabin

Go Rt 259 southbound, turn right on Howards Lick Rd / Rt 12 and follow until this enters park. Several trails shown here: http://www.lostriversp.com/lostriver.pdf

3min video preview of the peaceful trails

Cranny Crow/Big Ridge is a nice hike - detailed trail map: http://www.hikingupward.com/OWVH/CrannyCrowBigRidge/

Other Hiking

  • There is an old access road entrance to George Washington National Forest about 400 yards/meters from the cabin. It has a bearing tree and trail markers
  • Directly behind the Cabin is the GW National Forest - feel free to climb the mountain but there are no trails
  • Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob, Monongahela Forest: see #Day_Trips_for_Longer_Stays

More Outdoor Activities & Other

Kayaking / Canoeing / Whitewater

These 2 rental locations are a bit of a drive, but nice options for those who like water:


The Hardy County website has several suggested road routes near Lost River State Park and Moorefield

Fishing / Boating

West Virginia Fishing License Info (plus where to buy online, phone number to call): http://www.wvdnr.gov/fishing/license.shtm

  • Kimsey Run Lake: Stocked fishing lake. 8.2mi / 22min. Turn right onto Thorne Bottom Rd, turn right on Rt 259, in 0.1 miles turn left on Kimsey Run Rd, lake entrance is 1.0 miles on right. gmap
  • Cacapon River - Rt 259: Small boat access with 10 parking spots, next to Rt 259 bridge ~1 mile north of Wardensville gmap website
  • Warden Lake: Lake north of Wardensville. 14.7mi / 34min gmap
  • Trout Pond Fishing: See #Trout Pond Recreational Area

Lost River Yoga

Yoga classes Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon. 7.4mi / 20min. gmap website

Historical Places / Museums

Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge

Cool 140 year-old pedestrian bridge where you can walk out over the Capon River. 15.8mi / 28min gmap

From the West Virginia Archives: The Capon Lake Whipple Truss is West Virginia’s oldest existing metal truss and one of the few Whipple Trusses remaining in the state... The Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge was constructed in 1874 near Romney as part of a larger two-span Whipple Truss bridge. The current bridge span was moved to its current location in 1938 and connected to a Pratt truss. The Pratt truss was removed in 1991. At this time, the decking was removed from the Whipple truss and a pedestrian walkway and viewing platform was constructed... The bridge has a full-length pedestrian walkway, with an observation platform and seating near midspan.

Image from: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=407164&page=93

John Mathias Homestead

Built in 1797, the house is the oldest in the county. It is located on Rt. 259 in Mathias near the entrance to #Lost River State Park.

Lee Cabin

Summer retreat of General Robert E. Lee’s father – now a museum in #Lost River State Park

The Lost River Museum

Located at the Lost River Artisans Cooperative. Reflects 250 years of valley life, displays tools, textiles, furniture, photographs. 7.3mi / 19min
Turn right on Thorne Bottom Rd, turn left on Rt 259 then immediately turn left. 304-897-7242 gmap website

Longer Trips

  • Moorefield, WV: 45min drive - larger town with walkable main street, movie theater, etc. and a golf course recommended by a guest
  • Shenandoah Caverns: 55min drive - underground caverns in VA
  • Smoke Hole Caverns: 1hr 10min drive - underground caverns in WV
  • Seneca Rocks: 1hr 30min - impressive rock formation, rock climbing, hikes
  • Spruce Knob, Monongahela Forest: 1hr 40min - highest point of the Allegheny Mountains
  • Bryce Ski Resort: 50min drive - skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing
  • Ski Cove Snow Tubing: 46min drive - snow tubing