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West Virginia
New River Greenbrier Valley Region
Hawks Nest State Park
P.O. Box 857 49 Hawks Nest Park Road
Ansted, West Virginia   25812

Phone: 304-658-5212
Toll Free: 800-225-5982
Reservations: 800-225-5982
Hawks Nest State Park


Hawks Nest State Park
'Hawks Nest'
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Hawks Nest State Park


Hawks Nest State Park
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Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park encompasses 276 acres bordering a rugged section of the New River Gorge National River. Long known for its panoramic views, the park offers a modern, 31 room lodge for the comfort of overnight guests. Suites are available at an additional cost. Below the lodge, the New River forms peaceful Hawks Nest Lake. Above the lake, the narrow canyon and rushing water create one of the most challenging wildwater boating waterways in the nation.

Whether you're searching for an ideal summer vacation, access to exciting whitewater rafting or a quick getaway to view autumn's color, Hawks Nest State Park is a perfect year-round sanctuary.
Nearby Accommodations
Hemlock Haven Cabins - HICO, WVCampgrounds
We are luxury, dog friendly cabins located in Fayette County minutes from the New and Gauley Rivers. Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, complete kitchens, washer and dryers, gas fireplaces, an outdoor 6-person hot tubs, gas grill, and a private fenced yard with a fire ring and benches.
7.6 miles from park*

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The park offers four trails varying in difficulty that will let you view nature at its best. Map and trail guides are available at the front desk.
Nature Programs
The Park Naturalist offers programs on plant and animal life. Special programs can be arranged for groups. An array of special events are offered.
Area Attractions
Hawks Nest Canyon Tram :

The aerial tramway from Hawks Nest Lodge to the marina at the bottom of the New River Gorge is a main attraction at the park.Operating Days:

* Month of May thru Memorial Day - Saturday and Sunday only * Memorial Day thru Labor Day - Daily except Mondays * September - Saturday and Sunday only * October - Daily except Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday)

Tram hours: Weekdays, 11:00 am - 4:45 pm

Weekends 11:00 am - 6:45 pm

The Tram is closed Mondays (except holidays.)

Gift Shops:

There are a total of three gift shops at Hawks Nest State Park. The Lodge Gift Shop is open daily, year round.The Lower Park Gift Shop is located 1/4 mile west on Route 60 and is open May through October. Both gift shops offer many varieties of souvenirs, T-shirts, toys, jewelry, glassware, and other items. The third gift shop is located at the river marina where you will find our Nature Center. Among other items you will find educational gifts related to nature.


High above the canyon and main overlook, is the park's historic museum. Constucted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, the rustic log building offers displays of Indian and pioneer artifacts. Admission is free. The park's main overlook, souvenir stand and picnicking facilities round out the accommodations in this area of the park.

Nature Center:

The Nature Center features interactive nature displays along with live reptile and amphibian exhibits. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day during tram operating schedule.

Jetboat Rides:

Depart from Hawks Nest marina for an exciting ride on the New River. This 15 passenger water vessel will show you the Hawks Nest Dam and tunnel. Cruise at speeds of 40 mph to the New River Gorge Bridge for a breath taking view of the bridge towering 876 feet above the river.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 24 A HONEY MOONE TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by STACY JUGERR
After my husband and I got married at The Glen Ferris Inn we soon made our way to Hawks Nest where we rented the cutest cabin! The friendly service was, I tell you shocking I never had such friendly service. All of the activities were just amazing and it is well worth the money. We would recommend it to anybody. Actually our friend Elizabeth and her husband went and they really enjoyed themselves as well. Anyway we were doing our thank you notes and I couldn't think of any other way to thank you for everything.
February 19 Our all time favorite place by Paula- Camden, NC
We love this place. The lodge stay is great we stay here every Dec on our way home and back. It has awesome views of the river from the rooms. The trails are nice and the park staff is awesome. It is a must stay!!!

Area Campgrounds

Rifrafters Campground
Route 2 Box 140A
Fayetteville, WV

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Hawks Nest State Park is conveniently located on the Midland Trail Scenic Highway (Route 60). One hour east of Charleston and only 8 miles west of Route 19.

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Hawks Nest State Park
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