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Get Lost!
From Stephens City, I head down
Route 11 a little further, then cross
over into Hardy County, West
Virginia, with plans to explore Lost
River State Park, an isolated mountain woodland near Baker, where, if
you plan to stay the night, you better pack in your groceries.
The Lost River for which the park
is named isn't really "lost." It's actually the Cacapon River, which flows
underground at "The Sinks" just
north of Baker and then reemerges
north near Wardensville. But despite
the name of the park, Lost River does
not flow into it or adjacent to it but
is actually some two miles west.
I decide to "glamp" for the night
at one of the park's original cabins
built by the Civilian Conservation
Corps in the 1930s. It's a small and
rustic log structure along a dry creekbed with a deep roof overhang shading a pair of rocking chairs on the
front porch.

There's lots to do here for one
like myself who appreciates just
getting into the woods as far away
from anything as I can possibly get.
I take a steep zigzagging hike up
Laurel Trail and find a deciduous
forest rife with signs of black bears
- overturned rocks and logs scraped
clean of insects.
At the top of Razor Back Ridge,
the Laurel Trail intersects the Razor
Ridge Trail, which offers some leafshrouded mountain views to the east
before descending to its end near the
park swimming pool. Other good
hikes here include the meandering
trail along Howard's Lick Run and
the steep hike to Cranny Crow.
Even if you're not into hiking,
you can still enjoy the park's trails on
horseback. The riding stables are
open April through October.
Not too far from the park entrance
is the Lost River Artisans Cooperative
and Lost River Museum. The cooperative features the handiwork of

Spend the night in a CCC-built cabin at Lost River State Park.

over 80 members in media ranging
from furniture making and weaving
to handmade glass jewelry and
woolen hats and shawls. The basement museum covers the agricultural history of the region with
displays of large looms, one of which
belonged to the local Tusing sisters,
two elderly Mennonite women born
at the turn of the last century who
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015

Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
SUP in the Mountains?
Northern Shenandoah Weekend
A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Creature Feature
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Mountian Garden
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 6
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Festivals & Events
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Sweet Summer Weekends & Overnights in 7 States
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 21
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - The Great Divorce: Virginia-West Virginia
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 31
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Swimming Holes for Summer: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Grand Hotel Comebacks of Western Virginia
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - SUP in the Mountains?
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Northern Shenandoah Weekend
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 48
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - A Home in, on and from the Mountains
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Far Beyond Sweet Tea: Great Restaurants of Upcountry South Carolina
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Mountian Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2015 - Guest Column
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