You’ll need more than a day, or even a weekend, to take in all the breathtaking beauty of Hardy County!


Wake up in the newly restored mid-century motel, the Firefly Inn, and then stroll to Lost River Trading Post for a cup of coffee, fresh pastries and a look around their eclectic store. Stop in at the Wardensville Garden Market and have them pack up sandwiches and delicious macaroons for a picnic.

Travel through the farmlands of the Lost River Valley and head out to Lost River State Park. Hike the trails cut by the CCC in the 1930’s or take a horseback ride to Cranny Crow. Enjoy your picnic and the quiet mountain vistas.

End your day with a candlelight dinner and a glass of wine at Guesthouse Lost River. Occasionally there is live music on Saturday nights.


Start with a hearty breakfast at the Lost River Grill then visit the Lost River Artisans Cooperative for a craft demonstration or class. Do a bit of shopping for a unique handmade gift.

Venture over the Mountain Skyway (aka Rt 48). At times, you may seem to be driving through the tree tops then the landscape opens and reveals the breath of the mountain scenery. When you arrive in Moorefield, experience our history and yours as you follow the Civil War Trail Markers. History not your things? Enjoy one of the many local festivals or small-town parades.

Time for lunch? Have a great burger and fries or a salad with iced tea at O’Neill’s. Then get in a little golf at Valley View, visit West-Whitehill Winery or pick strawberries at Buena Vista Farms. If it’s raining, no problem — you can take in a movie or go bowling.
Fried chicken and a craft beer at Mullins 1847 is a terrific way to wind down. On select evenings they have live bluegrass music in the bar or classic rock on the patio, and karaoke when the mood strikes.


Get up early so you can watch the morning mist lift off 17-acre Rock Cliff Lake and, nearby at Trout Pond, native brook trout will be rippling the waters of the only natural lake in West Virginia. You can swim, paddle and fish or if you just want to look at the water, there are trails all around the lakes. The area is great for birdwatching so take along binoculars.

Before you head home, stop at the Lost River General Store for peach iced tea, a pulled pork sandwich and some espresso ice cream. While they’re preparing your lunch, wander through their country-modern shop filled with handcrafted gifts, wine and antiques.

We hope this is just the beginning of your many visits to Hardy County — a memorable experience in Almost Heaven West Virginia.