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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  • Nice state park with great overlook of the gorge (of the New River). Trails are well maintained. The lodge looks nice but the restaurant is closed now for construction.  more »
  • We were there just before a wedding was to take place at this site. A very quiet park with a short walking trail and great views of the gorge. Nice small gift shop with clean restrooms.  more »
  • This place is amazing I enjoyed the state park and the gift stores. The drive up the mountain was beautiful. I really enjoyed the drive and being able to experience the beauty of the mountain.  more »
  • Such a cool place. The tram ride waa fun. There is also a cool hiking trail at the bottom of the tram.
  • Wonderful room! Comfortable beds and the view was awesome. Great nostalgic quality.
  • 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.
  • The lodge lovingly resides in the late 70s. Great vacation spot.

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