Nestled in the wooded mountains of Hardy County, Lost River State Park encompasses 3,712 acres creating a vacation getaway. Enjoy an invigorating hike to "Cranny Crow" with its commanding views of the surrounding ridges, stroll around park headquarters or enjoy a book on a park bench under the massive branches of an ancient pine. All of this creates an atmosphere of peacefulness and serenity for visitors to Lost River State Park. Lost River cabins are open year-round and a perfect setting for winter retreats, getaways, and family and friend reunions.

Amazing views! Even saw a bald eagle sweep across the valley below.

Boots recommend if you’re not an avid hiker.
Pants recommend due to tight trail conditions in summer to avoid ticks.

You’ll know that you hiked 6 miles if you hike this trail.
We started at the horse stables, where there is parking. If not there, park on the side of the road. There is a short trail leading to white oak trail to the left of the barn. There is a sigh pointing you to White Oak Trail. When you see the second sign, go right. Left takes you back to the road. The first 1.6 miles is a leg burning assent with only one vista toward the top, at the first shelter. Lots and lots of horse nuggets, but that eventually ends. At the top of you first climb, the trail breaks into 3 different trails, stay right and continue to the overlook. Where there is an awesome newly constructed shelter, and time for a much needed break.
The trail blazes also change from an orange diamond to a yellow diamond blaze. After your break, the trail name changes from white oak to Millers Rock Trail, and the the trail starts descend along a ridge, loaded with beautiful views. This is when all the horse nuggets stop, but the trail narrows to a single file trail, at times it was very tight between the vegetation, but the trails are well marked, so don’t worry when you feel lost.
The next trail name change is at the Virginia View trail head. If you keep going forward, you’ll hit a dead end, but it has fantastic if you have time to explore. It ends at a cliff with awesome views. You’ll have to trail blaze.or break a trail past the double yellow diamond blaze.
Take the Virginia view trail, and note that the blazes change to a red square or red dot. This is a very tight and overgrown trail, but well marked. The VA View trail ends at the Big Ridge trail sign, take a left to the last vista or a right to the valley below, which is a slow decent back into society.
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Good climb with gorgeous views at the summit

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2 months ago

Love hiking in Lost River State Park. Good mix of easy and challenging terrain. Map and compass strongly recommended.

Trail was recommended by the park staff. It did not disappoint. It is steep going up and you definitely want to watch your footing on the way down.

The staff in the main building told us that this is the most popular hike in Lost River State Park, and I can see why! We arrived ready for sun and 90 degree weather, but as we got going, we received a downpour of rain instead! The upside was that we had the view at Cranny Crow all to ourselves! The hike was a pretty constant uphill, but mostly pretty gradual. There was a lot of shade along the trail, and the shelter makes a nice spot to stop for a minute. On a nicer day, we might have combined this with some other trails to make a longer hike.

Very well maintained shady trail. It was a steady but not too steep incline with incredible views at the top!

(You probably won't have cell service to check your map or check-in until you get high enough.)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Very nice hike. We started lower, taking a stroll along the creek and up the fire road before meeting with the white oak trail, then made a loop. It was supposed to be around an 11 mile hike, but we didn't verify and it only took us 4 hours so I'm not sure that's accurate, but it was very challenging, fun, and rewarding.

Awesome!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beautiful ridge top view from shelter

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

This trail was nice. Leisurely ascent and great views. A lovely shelter at the ridge allows you to view five counties in Virginia and West Virginia. It snowed while I was hiking which made the day even more beautiful. Trail is easily identifiable and well-worn. Park itself offers cabins and campsites as well as playgrounds and horseriding. Great family spot. I'll be back to this place.

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