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West Virginia: Wild and WonderfulHawks Nest State Park

About Star RatingsHawks Nest State Park is located on 276 mountaintop acres 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 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 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.


  • 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 (1.8 mile)


Accessibility 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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