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Get ‘lost’ in one of the oldest W.Va. state parks

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

Lost River State Park, one of the oldest state parks of West Virginia, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Located in Mathias, the park encompasses 3,712 acres in the wooded mountains of Hardy County and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Several miles of pristine hiking trails can be found on Lost River State Park. The most popular hiking trail leads to Cranny Crow overlook with a commanding view of the park from 3,200 feet.

Visitors to the park also can spend a relaxing day by the pool. The park's swimming pool was built by the CCC in 1937. Although it has undergone renovation, it maintains its original charm. The pool is open weekdays from 12:15 to 5:45 p.m. and on weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

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Lee Springs, summer retreat of Robert E. Lee’s father, Harry, is a destination located within the boundries of Lost River State Park.

The park's lodging also maintains its original charm with 15 standard log cabins and 11 modern cabins containing a natural stone, wood-burning fireplace. The modern cabins contain forced air furnaces and are open year round. The standard cabins open in the last weekend in April and close the fourth Monday in October. Dogs and cats are allowed in a limited number of cabins.

To find out more about Lost River State Park, visit it online at



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