Hidden Trails Stables

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Riding Stable
1935–1937, Civilian Conservation Corps. 6849 Dove Hollow Rd.
  • (Photograph by Rhonda L. Reymond)

This two-story, gambrel-roofed riding stable was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as part of the new Lost River State Park in 1935. Along with the new riding stable, park plans included hiking trails, cabins for overnight stays, and several other recreation buildings that would be constructed over a two-year period. The large three-bay-wide by eight-bay-long building (31’6” x 74’6”) is clad in fletched boards with rough-hewn bottom edges pierced by six grates over the windows and two now-closed windows near the north side. The asphalt-covered roof features two picturesque monitors for ventilation with tiny hipped roofs. On the north end of the building is the business office, which is defined by a shed roof over square posts and a slatted balustrade. Flanking this entrance are two six-over-six windows, and a central set of casement windows with shutters is located above the porch. At the opposite end of the building are the barn doors with a hayloft window above. The stables still function in their original capacity and are now run by Hidden Trails Stables.


Gioulis, Michael. New Deal Historic Resource Survey. Charleston: West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Charleston, 2008.

Sweeten, Lena L., “New Deal Resources in West Virginia State Parks and State Forests,” West Virginia. National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form, 2010. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

West Virginia State Park History Committee. Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1988.

Writing Credits

Rhonda L. Reymond



  • 1935


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Rhonda L. Reymond, "Hidden Trails Stables", [Mathias, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-031-0004.

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