WV VIPP Lost River State Park, WV
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This entry is purely for historical purposes. When the new year of 2016 dawned
I knew that I needed to get out and get my West Virginia Very Important Parks
Person Participation Card updated. So early on the morning of January 5, 2016
I set out from Manassas, VA to visit
Lost River State Park near Mathias, WV and in Hardy County.
It was a cold day. And though we did not get any snow the previous evening,
they did out in West Virginia. I drove I66 to I81 to US48/VA55. As soon as
I got onto the 4 lane Corridor H portion of US48/VA55 I immediately had to
exit onto WV259, then drove west for about 20 miles to Mathias, WV.
This town was only about 5 buildings and was at the turnoff to the park. I
then turned right onto Howards Lick RD/WV12 and after about 20 minutes, arrived
at the park. There was a light coating of snow on the ground as I entered
the boundry of this state park.
There was nobody there. I drove around and saw vehicles but no people. I
finally found the visitors center but it was closed up tight. Oh, oh, I
thought. Did I come all this way for nothing? Then I saw a small box next to
the entrance of the visitors center that said VIPP. So I opened it and there
was a rubber stamp and a stamp pad in the box. I then stamped my card and
looked around for a bit.
This park was built in 1937 and appeared to be located in a gorge. There were
trails. It also
appeared to cater mostly to horses/riders. There were small shelters all
around the park. I wasn't sure if they were meant to camp in or only be used
in case of emergencies. But I thought it strange. It was very cold out so
I did not want to hike around. So I started the long drive home.
This may be a good future place to go tent camping. I'm glad that I had the
opportunity to discover this beautiful West Virginia State Park. If it
wouldn't have been for the WV VIPP program I never would have taken the time
to come here.
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