Located amid the broad valleys and high ridges of the eastern Appalachian Mountains, Hardy County is an ideal getaway where visitors can take great scenic drives, hike and bike our trails and back roads, or paddle and fish in our rivers, runs and lakes. Follow an adventurous day with a delicious meal and locally brewed beer then stay the night in the comfort of a local inn or camp under the stars.
Delight in the charm, history and unique personalities of Hardy County’s many small towns and communities. Be sure to take a walking tour of historic buildings in Moorefield, our county seat, or enjoy one of our traditional small town parade. After dinner at one of several restaurants in town, take the kids bowling or visit the historic McCoy’s Theatre. Formerly a movie house, the renovated theater showcases community theatre productions. Attend the county-wide house tour and fall colors of Heritage Weekend or ride Santa’s North Pole Express in November.
Stroll through Wardensville, West Virginia’s eastern entrance to the Mountain Skyway (WV Route 48). Shop Wardensville from the farm market and pastry shop down the street to the student-run store, stopping for antiques, crafts, pizza, coffee, fresh pastries, ice cream or a cold, locally brewed beer on your way. In the fall, attend the Wardensville Fall Festival or register to run the 5k/10k Arthur W. Halterman Memorial Race. Stop in to see the displays at the Hardy County Visitors Center.
Visit the Lost River Valley, home to award winning inns, rent a log cabin at Lost River State Park or camp at Trout Pond Recreation Area. Hike the National Forest and State Park trails or wander up to Cranny Crow to overlook the valley from 3,200’. While you’re up there take a look at the Tusing Cabin and imagine breaking a trail there in 1840. The Valley can keep you busy all day and night: Hear live music, shop for WV arts and crafts; buy fresh produce and local meat at the area farmers markets; learn to throw a pot or photograph using a drone; stop for lunch at a country-modern café and, that evening, enjoy dinner by candlelight.
World-class cyclists traverse the County’s expansive back roads to experience the Rapha Prestige Appalachia cycling ride. Swim in the two lakes at Trout Pond or in the pool at Lost River State Park. Or if you are intrigued by scenic drives, meander along old Route 55 or follow Howard’s Lick Road over Branch Mountain from the Lost River Valley to the South Fork Valley.
Travel down the South Fork Valley, stop for a pulled pork sandwich then put in a kayak near Peru in the seasonally exuberant water of the South Fork River. Float the Cacapon River, rent an angling kayak to experience fly fishing the Trough, a unique geological section of the South Branch River, or fish the pristine waters of Waites Run. Paddle a canoe in WV’s only natural Lake, Trout Pond, or take out your binoculars and watch the Bald Eagles soar along Lost River.
Hear the Quiet and Experience the Hardy Effect!!
Stop in to pick up travel information at the Hardy County Visitors Center in Wardensville or the Information Center and Office in Moorefield