Hawks Nest State Park

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Hawks Nest State Park
West Virginia State Park
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New River from Hawks Nest
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Elevation 1,257 ft (383.1 m)
Coordinates 38°07′21″N 81°07′40″W / 38.12250°N 81.12778°W / 38.12250; -81.12778Coordinates: 38°07′21″N 81°07′40″W / 38.12250°N 81.12778°W / 38.12250; -81.12778
Area 370 acres (149.7 ha) [1]
Established 1935 [2]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Ansted, West Virginia
Location of Hawks Nest State Park in West Virginia
Website: wvstateparks.com/park/hawks-nest-state-park/

Hawks Nest State Park is located on 370 acres (150 ha)[1] 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.[3] The hydro-electric project tunnel that passes underneath nearby Gauley Mountain was the scene of the tragic Depression-era Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster.

The original building, now a gift shop and museum, was built as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project.[citation needed] The park lodge was constructed in the 1960s. 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[edit]

  • 31 room lodge
  • Restaurant
  • Aerial tram between the lodge and the New River shore
  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Gift shop
  • River Nature Center
  • Hawks Nest Rail Trail (1.8 mile)

Accessibility[edit]

Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the park lodge and facilities to be generally accessible.[4] However, during the 2005 assessment, some issues were identified with a stairway and with some exit lighting.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008 Archived June 26, 2008, at WebCite
  2. ^ Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3. 
  3. ^ Crockett, M., "Jewels in our Crown", Pictoria Histories, Charleston, WV, 2004. ISBN 1-891852-35-3
  4. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006 Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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