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Hardy has a hold on fun

June 28, 2012
By Anna Patrick - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Located in the Eastern Panhandle, Hardy County offers visitors a number of historic landmarks and outdoor activities.

Created from branching off of Hampshire County in 1786, Hardy County was named for Samuel Hardy, a distinguished Virginian.

Considered a hotbed of activity during the Civil War, the county was divided in its allegiances with those favoring the Union splitting off to form Grant County. Moorefield, the county seat, was home to a battle that took place in August of 1864.

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Photo by Connie Vetter
This view from Big Schloss is part of the George Washington National Forest, located in Hardy County.

Ten Civil War trail markers can be found within the county. The markers help to identify, interpret and create driving tours centered on Civil War sites and stories. To obtain a free Civil War driving brochure, call the Hardy County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-897-8700.

History enthusiasts can tour the John Mathias Homestead, the county's oldest home, built in 1797 along Route 259 in Mathias. Also open to visitors is Lee Cabin, the 1800's summer retreat of Robert E. Lee's father, Harry "Light Horse" Lee. The restored home is now a museum and is located in Lost River State Park.

Since the county has many historical points of interest, Moorefield offers three routes for self-guided walking tours of the town on North Main Street, South Main Street and Winchester Avenue. Individuals on the walking tour learn about Moorefield's founding residents and its historic past.

A unique mode of transportation to view the county's scenic landscape is by horseback. The Hidden Trails Stables at Lost River State Park offers one to two hours of gentle horseback rides through beautiful trails to scenic overlooks. The Potomac Eagle scenic railroad also offers a unique mode of transportation to view the county's mountainous terrain.

Hardy County is home to the only natural lake in West Virginia. Trout Pond, near Wardensville, is located in the Trout Pond Recreation Area of the George Washington National Forest. Trout Pond, only two acres in size, and Rock Cliff Lake, 17 acres in size, provide two great fishing spots within the county.

The South Branch of the Potomac River, Lost River and Cacapon River located within the county provide great fishing, canoeing and swimming. Depending on river levels and conditions, whitewater rafting and kayaking also are possible.

Avid golfers visiting the area can practice the sport at the Valley View Golf Course located on Route 220 between Moorefield and Petersburg. The 18-hole course has a USGA course rating of 108/68.0 at the blue tee, 101/65.6 at the white, and 110/65.4 at the red tee.

To find more information about Hardy County attractions, visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau at or call 304-897-8700.



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