Place:Arden, Barbour, West Virginia, United States


TypeInhabited place
Coordinates39.2°N 79.983°W
Located inBarbour, West Virginia, United States
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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.

Arden was named in 1775 by the Quaker Jacob Moon after the district of Arden in Warwickshire, England. Previously built up along a stretch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks, the community is situated between two landmark rock formations: Hell's Gate and Devil's Den. Many whitewater enthusiasts shoot the shallow rapids of the river through this pristine section of the valley. The area is home to a notable number of native wildflowers and is locally notorious for its occasional drownings.

Arden is one of two communities so named in the state (see Arden, Berkeley County, West Virginia).

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