Hawks Nest State Park

A Beautiful West Virginia State Park In The New River Gorge

Hawks Nest State Park is wonderfully situated to enjoy fantastic views along the New River Gorge. Its is 370 acres of beautiful forests along the east side of the New River at the northern end of the gorge.

The overlooks beside U.S. Route 60 look down onto the Hawks Nest Dam which was built during the 1930`s, this project was the cause of the infamous Hawks Nest Incident when hundreds of workers died from inhaling silica dust and developing silicosis.

The name for the park comes from the fact that years ago numerous Ospreys nested along the cliffs in this part of the gorge and the old name for the Osprey was "Fish Hawk." Now the birds you will sometimes see floating in the air above the water are hawks, vultures and occasionally bald eagles and golden eagles.

The park was established in 1935 and,although fairly small, is full of interest. Today there is a 31 room lodge with a small golf course and from the lodge you can take an aerial tramway from the heights above the river down to the waters edge. At the lodge there is also a restaurant, gift shop, swimming pool, picnic area and several miles of beautiful hiking trails with wonderful views. Here is a map of Hawks Nest S.P.

Many visitors to the Hawks Nest like to experience the thrill of New River white water rafting as the area is such a mecca for the sport. Another popular entertainment while at the park is to take a jetboat ride. At the foot of the aerial tramway you can catch a 21 feet long covered jet boat that will speed you along the river past fantastic scenery and under the amazing New River Gorge Bridge.

Hawks Nest Park really is a superb place for a short break or as a base to enjoy all the attractions that West Virginia has to offer.

Here is the address and contact details for the park -

Hawks Nest Park
P.O.Box 857
Hawks Nest Park Road
WV 25812

Phone (304) 658-5212

email : hawksnestinfo@wv.gov

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