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Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

(4.4/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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
  • Nice and beautiful. Too bad it was December. Hope to come back in summer or fall. Spend a night at the park lodge. 
  • I made a pit stop here on the way back to Huntington from New River Gorge and it disappoint. The hike down to the overlook is quick (only 100 stairs, the seductive sign says so!) Once at there, some g...  more »
  • Visited this beautiful overlook a second time on a warm, sunny fall day. Even though the fall leaves were not a bright as years past, there were still some very beautiful sights and great photo opport...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The view of the river from the room and balcony is amazing! A wall of windows to stare at the stars from your bed. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Rooms are not fancy or modern but were clean and worth the rate.
  • Lovely place. Clean awesome views
  • It needs some renovations and lower room rates but in all its a decent place to stay. Gorgeous views! !
  • Great place love going here took my wife and daughter here a few weeks ago and loved every minute should have stayed at the lodge