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Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

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State Park
Hawks Nest State Park is located on in Fayette County near Ansted, West Virginia. The park's clifftop overlook along U.S. Route 60 provides a scenic vista of the New River, some 750 feet (230 m) below. The hydro-electric project tunnel that passes underneath nearby Gauley Mountain was the scene of the tragic Depression-era Hawk's Nest incident. The original building, now a gift shop and museum, was built as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) project in which Eleanor Roosevelt was a driving force to build State Parks in WV and other areas. The new lodge was constructed in the 1960s when Kermit McKeever was in charge of the WV Department of Parks and Recreation. The park's lodge and aerial gondola to the river are located about a mile further east from the overlook along U.S. 60, closer to the center of Ansted.Features 31 room lodge Restaurant Aerial tram between the lodge and the New River shore 9-hole golf course Swimming pool Hiking trails Picnic area Gift shop River Nature Center Hawks Nest Rail Trail AccessibilityAccessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the park lodge and facilities to be generally accessible. However, during the 2005 assessment, some issues were identified with a stairway and with some exit lighting.
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TripAdvisor
  • Absolutely Wonderful Views! A picture can't really capture the beauty. A great place too picnic. I'm surprised there weren't many people here on a friday.  more »
  • The day after my god-son's graduation, his mother and I packed a picnic lunch and headed out for a fun-filled day exploring Hawk's Nest State Park in Ansted. The ride there was interesting in of itsel...  more »
  • This relatively small state park has a huge amount to offer. We stayed at the lodge with a spectacular view of the Gorge. There are interesting trails, a boat ride, a tram down to the lake. You could ...  more »
Google
  • Had a wonderful day. Place was very clean. Employees​ were very nice and polite and helpful.
  • Great hike, beautiful scenery. Mild to moderate hike though. Good for a long walk.
  • Beautiful park and friendly staff. The lodge however, is pretty run down and in need of updates.
  • Would love to go back and explore, just enjoyed our night in the lodge and brief hike.
  • I stumbled upon the lodge many years ago, while driving US Hwy 60 before I-64 was finished. Hwy 60 is still a gorgeous road to drive (especially on a motorcycle), and Hawks Nest is still a great place to stay. It could use some remodeling, but the facilities, though Spartan, are clean and serviceable, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There are several hiking trails nearby, and the views are spectacular.