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Hawks Nest State Park Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 19 photos

Enjoying the beautiful views at Hawks Nest

We took this trip with the kids. My cousin, Shari and I loaded up the van and headed for the mountains. All the leaves had changed and it was very beautiful.

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 the most challenging wildwater boating waterways in the nation

Enjoying Natures Beauty

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

Whether you're searching for an ideal summer vacation, access to exciting whitewater or a quick getaway to view autumn's color symphony. Hawks Nest is a perfect year-round sanctuary from urban cares

Info about Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest Canyon Tramway

The aerial tramway from Hawks Nest Lodge to the marina at the bottom of the New River Gorge is operated on weekends (Sat & Sun) through the month of May to Memorial Day, then daily until Labor Day, then weekends (Sat & Sun) through September, and daily through the last weekend in October. Tram hours: weekdays, 11 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.; weekends 11a.m.- 6:45 p.m.

The tram is closed Mondays (except holidays)

Hawks Nest Museum

The rustic museum and nearby snack bar are open to the public from April 1 to November 1 (Hours vary with the season.)

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  • In a nutshell:Beautiful scenic views in the mountains of West Virginia
  • Last visit to Hawks Nest State Park: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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