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Arden
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Coordinates: 39°12′37″N 79°59′35″W / 39.21028°N 79.99306°W / 39.21028; -79.99306Coordinates: 39°12′37″N 79°59′35″W / 39.21028°N 79.99306°W / 39.21028; -79.99306
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Barbour
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)

Arden is a small unincorporated community located along the Tygart Valley River in Barbour County in the north central portion of the U.S. state of West Virginia.

The Arden settlement was built up along a stretch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks; a narrow-gauge railroad was first laid through this area in the early 1880s. It had its own post office at one time.

The community is known today to whitewater enthusiasts as being situated between two landmark rock formations: Hell's Gate and Devil's Den. Many such recreationalists shoot the shallow rapids of the river through this pristine section of the Valley with its numerous large boulders and small falls. The area is home to a notable number of native wildflowers and is locally notorious for its occasional drownings.

Notable person

  • Ida Lilliard Reed (1865-1951), noted hymnwriter, lived nearby.
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