Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

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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  • September 16, 2017
    Very Neat place easy to get to right on route 60 hwy Great views of the gorge on river you can also take a tram to the bottom from the hotel area clean restrooms easy hike to see the overlook  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    My sister and her husband were in for a family reunion from Colorado. I drove them to Hawks Nest and we had a great time walking around and looking at all the beauty there. If you have the chance to s...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This was one of our first stops while vacationing in the New River Gorge area for a few days. It's a very woodsy place with a quiet atmosphere at the end of July. The lodge, like many in different sta...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Such a cool place. The tram ride waa fun. There is also a cool hiking trail at the bottom of the tram.
  • June 21, 2017
    Wonderful room! Comfortable beds and the view was awesome. Great nostalgic quality.
  • May 16, 2017
    Had a wonderful day. Place was very clean. Employees​ were very nice and polite and helpful.
  • June 11, 2017
    Great hike, beautiful scenery. Mild to moderate hike though. Good for a long walk.
  • June 21, 2017
    The lodge lovingly resides in the late 70s. Great vacation spot.

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