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West Virginia whitewater, Lost River

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


CLASS II-III(IV)     6 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259 stretch of Lost River in West Virginia is 6 miles long and is a class II-III(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Hardy County and the sparkling of
    the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you
can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you're coming from Winchester it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the  
page with more info on that. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Cold Spring will fill your soul with great feelings; lots of people from Wardensville come here. The Halfmoon Lookout Trail is a perfect hiking trail close to Lost River, and do put some time aside to spend at Landecker Farm Spring if you're here at Lost River. A river like this is too good to miss. Near Lost River you come across the Squirrel Gap Trail which is a good hiking trail.

Lost River, West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 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:
Lost River, Hardy County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259)
Waites Run, Hardy County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Trout Run, Hardy County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Halfmoon Trail to West Virginia 55/259 bridge)
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)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
Tearcoat Creek, Hampshire County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.9 miles long (US 50 Close to Pleasantdale to confluence of North River)
Stony Creek - North fork Shenandoah Tributary, Shenandoah County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Liberty Furnace to North Fork Shenandoah)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Lost River, Hampshire County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Lost River to West Virginia 55/259)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 704 bridge to Route 50)
 Ski Areas Near Lost River:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 17 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 38 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 54 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 66 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 69 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
 Hotels Near Lost River:
Comfort Inn Woodstock, Woodstock , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WOODSTOCK-SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Woodstock , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Woodstock, Woodstock , 13 miles away
Econo Lodge Woodstock, Woodstock , 14 miles away
Ramada Strasburg, Strasburg , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lost River:
Short Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Delray, 7 miles away
Hawk Campground, Hampshire County, 9 miles away
Wolf Gap, Lost City, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Lost River:
Halfmoon Lookout Trail, Hardy , 5 miles away
Squirrel Gap Trail, Hardy , 5 miles away
Peer Trail, Hardy , 5 miles away
Crack Whip Furnace Trail, Hardy , 6 miles away
Brushy Hollow Trail, Hardy , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lost River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 25 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 60 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lost River:
Bryce Golf Course, Basye , 17 miles away
Glade Springs Resort Golf Course, Daniels , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Lost River
Warden Lake, Hardy , 3 miles away
Woodstock Reservoir, Shenandoah , 16 miles away
Lake Laura, Shenandoah , 19 miles away

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