The Eastern Panhandle town of Wardensville dates to the mid-1700s and the French and Indian War, when hostilities between English settlers and Native Americans led to the construction of several fortified outposts including Fort Warden at Trout Run on the Cacapon River. Years later Trout Run was renamed Wardensville after William Warden who built the fort.
Today you can find several pre-Civil War era historic buildings in Wardensville, including the Cline Blacksmith Shop/Town Jail and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Antique stores, art galleries and even a craft brewery dot the streets of this small town. Lodging options in the area range from rustic cabins and campgrounds to romantic bed and breakfasts, Just a short drive away, Lost River State Park and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer an abundance of natural beauty and outdoor recreation.
- Lost River Trading Post bills itself as a “modern mountain general store” where guests can shop for everything from craft beer to kayaks.
- Lost River Brewing Company offers a full restaurant menu to accompany several varieties of craft beer brewed on the property.
- Wardensville Garden Market is a hub for fresh produce and baked goods, culinary and agriculture classes and live entertainment.
- Warden Lake is a 44-acre impoundment regularly stocked with trout.
- The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer hundreds of miles of hiking trails, camping, hunting and fishing.
- Capon Springs and Farms in nearby Capon Springs is a full-service family resort with amenities including golf, spa services, a spring-fed swimming pool and game courts.
- Lost River State Park in nearby Mathias offers cabin lodging and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
- Wardensville Wildlife Management Area consists of 55,327 acres with hunting and fishing opportunities.
- The Wardensville Fall Festival in October features food, music, crafters and vendors, a car show and parade.