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: 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 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.


  • 31 room lodge
  • Restaurant
  • Aerial tram between the lodge and the New River shore
  • 9-hole golf course (no longer available)
  • 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.[4] However, during the 2005 assessment, some issues were identified with a stairway and with some exit lighting.

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  1. ^ a b West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008
  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

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