The Lost River flows south to north through the valley of the same name,
parallel to the Shenandoah Valley and the I-81 corridor. Our Valley lies
between Great North Mountain to the east and South Branch Mountain to
The valley was originally settled--by Europeans, that is--in the mid-1700s.
While historically the community has relied heavily on agriculture, the
town of Lost City grew up around a tannery, which thrived from 1892 until
it closed in 1927. Now not much more than a wide spot in the road, Lost
City once had a theater company, a baseball team, a newspaper and three
With its natural resources, spectacular views and easy pace, the valley is a
favorite weekend destination for Washingtonians and anyone else seeking
to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether your ideal weekend
involves hip waders and a fly rod or a good book and a pair of comfortable
shoes, you'll find what you're looking for in and around Lost River.
Morning in Mathias - Courtesy of Ed Szrom