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.

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.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beautiful ridge top view from shelter

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.

horseback riding
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