This is a long, straightforward stretch of river. The first two-thirds of the run follows a long valley with low banks and pleasant rural scenery. The river is clear and unpolluted, flowing through a series of Class 1–2 riffles. Watch out for an occasional barbed-wire fence! Below Baker the river begins cutting through mountains and ridges, creating an almost gorge-like stretch.
You’ll find lots of nice little rapids: cobble bars, small boulders, and low ledges. There’s one carry at a low-water bridge towards the end of the run. The second half of the Lost River, called the Dry Gorge, is the most unique and best-named river in the state—it doesn’t always exist! In low water the river actually disappears into the ground just beyond the bridge above Wardensville, leaving the rest of the riverbed dry for most of the year. The river traverses some unknown Stygian course, only to emerge several miles away, seemingly de novo, to form the Cacapon River.
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