What to do in Lost River State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Vacationers at Lost River State Park may choose from among 26 cabins for their overnight accommodations. Of these, eleven are comfortably furnished deluxe cabins of modern design with wood-paneled walls and forced air furnaces. The remaining 15 are standard cabins of log construction.All of the cabins feature a natural stone, woodburning fireplace; baths with showers; and fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances, built-in cabinets, cooking utensils and tableware.Towels, dishcloths, blankets, and bed linens are also provided. Cots and cribs are available at a nominal fee and may be reserved in advance to avoid a handling fee.

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.

Recreation
Swimming, Horseback RidingGame Courts, PicnickingPlaygrounds, HikingNature Programs

Location
Lost River State Park is located in Hardy County in West Virginia's eastern panhandle, ten miles north of the Virginia State line and 23 miles south of Wardensville, WV.Turn west off of WV 259 at Mathias, then follow the secondary road for four miles to the park entrance.Directions from the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area:RT. 66 out of Washington or Baltimore to I-81 South, getting off at the Strasburg, Virginia exit (exit 296). Go West on RT. 55 to Baker, WV. At Baker turn left on RT. 259 and go approximately 13 miles to Mathias, WV. Turn right onto Howard's Lick Road, processed 4 miles to the park.

Climate
West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Address
321 Park Drive
Mathias, WV 26812

Phone: 304-897-5372

Email: E-mail: lostriver@wvdnr.gov
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