In a setting from a movie, or breath capturing book, The Harmans North Forth Cottages, were a delightful break from the hum-drum of every day life. Their 25 mile proximity to Canaan Valley and the skiing made it a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the winter sports of snow tubing, snow boarding and skiing. As well as the opportunity to see nature at its finest with Dolly Sods a mere 10 miles to the top of the mountain, Seneca Rocks only 12 miles, and Spruce Knob only 25 miles away. Not to mention the fact that these cabins are settled along the North Fork of the Potomac River, allowing for some fine trout fishing, with a catch and release area to allow even the most novice of anglers to show their wares. Catch a big one and take a photo and go show the guys. As featured in such magazines as wild wonderful West Virginia, and the Washington Post, as well as the Magazine Fly Fisherman America, and the TV show Fly Rod Chronicles, this quaint and secluded vista has been in the family for 70 years, with the cabins being modern, and made of LOGS.
Their proximity to nearby Washington,D.C. and Baltimore, MD allow for the big city life to be totally evaded with a 2-3 hour drive. The accommodations are totally relaxing, and provide for such things for the evenings as satellite tv, a restful warm fireplace, and in the larger cabins, hot tubs, game rooms with pool tables.
I was pleasantly thrilled by the warmness of the people there, providing directions to nearby attractions, information on history of the place, and just some down home country hospitality. Making one feel as if they were a part of the Harman family.
The fishing was particularly captivating, as some of the upriver backwaters provided for Brook trout, and natives. A walk into the adjoining National Forest showed wildlife galore, deer, foxes, bald eagles, turkeys, and even, if your quiet and lucky, considering the season, a bear. Bringing a camera was a must to photograph all that surrounds you. Tucked along the canyon between the tree- covered ridges one could only imagine the days of no highways, and no cellphones, where frontiersman would live on the sort of fish and game that one loves to catch.
Bring the family, especially during the summertime where the clean, crisp river is an enjoyable place to cool off, tubing down the rapids, into the “big hole” or just lounging in the coolness of the mountain springs feeding into the river. Let the kids play badminton or volleyball as you set on the riverside deck, with the fire going in the evenings. THERE IS NOTHING FINER than the country life….