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West Virginia whitewater, Lost River

Hampshire county, Lost River to West Virginia 55/259 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     15 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Winchester, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. There's camping available near Lost River. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. This section
    of Lost River is 15 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Since you're on this site you
are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The scenic beauty of Hampshire County and the cool fresh water beats anything. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Lost River without first paying a visit to Bob Rawlins Spring. If the
weather is wonderful here at Lost River, you can go for a hike along the Brushy Hollow Trail. Really tremendous skiing awaits you at Bryce Resort, and on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the Crack Whip Furnace Trail. This river is always fun. Here at Lost River you'll probably meet some folks from Baker; Reed Farm Spring is an inspiring location to visit during your stay. Going to Lost River State Park right next door to Lost River is a wonderful thing to do. For the duration of the months of summer at Lost River temperatures are usually in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Lost River, Lost River to West Virginia 55/259 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Lost River.
 Whitewater Near Lost River:
Trout Run, Hardy County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Halfmoon Trail to West Virginia 55/259 bridge)
Lost River, Hampshire County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Lost River to West Virginia 55/259)
Lost River, Hardy County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259)
North River, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Grassy Lick Run to Rio at West Virginia 29 bridge)
Stony Creek - North fork Shenandoah Tributary, Shenandoah County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Liberty Furnace to North Fork Shenandoah)
Waites Run, Hardy County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Mill Creek - Shenandoah Tributary, Shenandoah County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 42 to North Fork Shenandoah River)
Potomac River - South Branch, Hardy/ Hampshire County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (US 220 Bridge north of Moorefield to Harmison's Landing)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.9 miles long (US 50 Close to Pleasantdale to confluence of North River)
 Ski Areas Near Lost River:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 11 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 33 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 46 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 48 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 61 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Lost River:
Hampton Inn And Suites Woodstock, Woodstock , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WOODSTOCK-SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Woodstock , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Woodstock, Woodstock , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Woodstock, Woodstock , 16 miles away
Days Inn New Market Battlefield, New Market , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lost River:
Trout Pond Campground, Hardy County, 3 miles away
Wolf Gap, Lost City, 5 miles away
Branch Mountain Campground, Baker, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Lost River:
Brushy Hollow Trail, Hardy , 2 miles away
Crack Whip Furnace Trail, Hardy , 3 miles away
Trout Pond Trail, Hardy , 3 miles away
Squirrel Gap Trail, Hardy , 4 miles away
Tibbet Knob Trail, Hardy , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lost River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 27 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 68 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lost River:
Bryce Golf Course, Basye , 11 miles away
Glade Springs Resort Golf Course, Daniels , 11 miles away
Valley View Golf Course, Moorefield , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Lost River
Warden Lake, Hardy , 11 miles away
Lake Laura, Shenandoah , 12 miles away
Woodstock Reservoir, Shenandoah , 19 miles away

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