Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

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Hawks Nest State Park is located on 370 acres (150 ha) 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 Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster.

The original building, now a gift shop and museum, was built as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) project. The park lodge was constructed in 1967 by The Architects Collaborative (TAC). 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.

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  • Very nice-----at the lodge you can walk to it's overlook or you can take a cheap tram ride to the bottom of the valley---------because of covid the speed boats weren't operating and we were there on.....  more »
  • I drove to Ansted, West Virginia for my birthday this year. I started at the Hawks Nest Overlook and just barely missed the sunrise. Poor timing on my part however when I drove over the New River...  more »
  • A neat state park. There's honestly not much to it as far as hiking goes that we could tell. The bathrooms are plumbed in and in a cool circular building. The very short trail across the street from the bathrooms and gift shop had a beautiful view. The gift shop had souvenirs and local stuff like jam and honey. If I were back in the area I'd stop here again.
  • A super amazing getaway on the New River! This place is a hidden little gem. I was super impressed with how clean everything was. The landscaping was immaculate! Everything was just perfect. I have never seen a state park maintained to such perfection. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the restaurant was delicious and such an amazing view! Ms. Sue and Rick down on the jet boat are both super nice and Rick tells some great stories and jokes on the tour. The trails range from easy wide paths good for the entire family to more technical single person wide hikes. I liked both. Check this place out, I can't wait to go back!

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