White Oak to Big Ridge Loop - Lost River State Park

Lost City, West Virginia 26810

White Oak to Big Ridge Loop - Lost River State Park

White Oak to Big Ridge Loop - Lost River State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Just two and a half hours from Washington, DC, Lost River State Park is a place to put the city life behind you. Take the White Oak Trail to the Cranny Crow Overlook, and you’ll know just how far you are from civilization: The overlook provides a vast view into Virginia of nothing but mountain ridges folding into the horizon and the occasional bucolic farm.

Lest you think you’re completely deprived of civilization, know that Lost River is also home to CCC-era infrastructure that includes log cabins and deluxe cabins, a horse stable, and a gift shop showcasing West Virginia–made arts and crafts."

White Oak to Big Ridge Loop - Lost River State Park Trip Reports

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8/28/2007
Very enjoyable hike up to Cranny Crow overlook, which makes for a great lunch spot. We found the hike beyond this point didn't add much.
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11/10/2006
Spectacular views from Cranny Crow Overlook down to Cheeks. The trail markers and trail description are difficult to follow as there are so many distracting paths crisscrossing the area. Stay alert, or be ready to wander a bit. Definitely worth the time to tack on a bit of Howard's Lick Trail as well and enjoy the creek around the base of the mountain.
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Trail Information

Lost City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Open daily year-round 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for day use. Best May and June for mountain laurels and rhododendrons; Sept and Oct for colorful vistas
Season
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Lost River State Park, (304) 897-5372 or www.lostriversp.com
Local Contacts
Lost River State Park map and trail guide; USGS quad: Lost River State Park
Local Maps