My Chicken Farm Fishing Trip
Many years ago, my wife and I decided to take a family vacation along with my mother, my sister, and her family. We had done beach trips with them as well as trips to state parks in various states and I had camped with my sister and her husband since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
This particular year, someone decided that we should rent a couple of cabins on the Potomac River in a little town called Fisher which sits just outside the thriving metropolis of Moorefield, WV. The way it was described to me at the time was that we would be staying on the ‘Northern Most Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac’. What a mouth full.
Now, a little lesson about Hardy County West Virginia – As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,025. and its county seat is Moorefield. One of the primary industries in this part of West Virginia is Chicken farming. What I didn’t know, is that the particular cabins we had rented sat right on one of these chicken farms. That’s right, we planned to spend a full week on a chicken farm for our family vacation. Were we crazy?
It turns out that we weren’t.
We were so very surprised to find that there were four beautifully maintained and fully
furnished cabins on a slight rise overseeing the Potomac. Each of these cabins was equipped with a kitchen with all of the necessary appliances and cook-wear, an outdoor porch and fire pit, and even a canoe and some inner-tubes that could be used to float the river for relaxation or a little fishing. And, there was even a cat that would steal your stringer full of fish off the back porch if you weren’t careful but that’s a story for another time.
Now, as I said, this was several years ago and their name has changed and their policies may have too but the week we stayed there, the owner was even kind enough to take us and the canoes several miles up stream and let us float back to the cabin area through one of the most scenic river environments you could ever experience; The Trough – where we not only enjoyed some excellent fishing but also saw river otters and Bald Eagles.
Overall, this turned out to be one of the best family vacations we ever had. I am not sure if they are still chicken farming today but the cabins are still there operating under the name Riverside Cabins – Riverside Cabins & RV Park formerly Scotts Cabins started in 1960, was purchased in 1984 and tremendous improvements have been made. Native West Virginians, Steve and Joyce Schetrom and family, do everything they can to make your visit an enjoyable and lasting memory. They continue to strive to make this a family oriented, “kid safe” property. Steve and Joyce have combined “rustic charm” with modern amenities to create the perfect country vacation.
Along with the beautiful Potomac, the town of Moorefield is also home to the McMechen House – a bed and breakfast with a unique history in that it was used as headquarters for both sides during the Civil War as troops moved through the area, and you are within a fairly easy driving distance to other historic landmarks such as Harpers Ferry.
I would highly recommend these cabins or campsites the next time you are in the mood for some beautiful and relaxing accommodations. And before you ask, we never even knew we were on a chicken farm!
For more information –
P.O. Box 281
Moorefield, WV 26836