Stunning Getaway to Hawks Nest State Park in WV

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If you are looking for a scenic getaway, consider Hawks Nest State Park in West Virginia. What makes the park special is the scenic overlook of the beautiful New River Gorge National Park and Preserve below.

Couples, families, groups of friends and outdoor lovers will be excited to explore great hiking trails, nature museums, aerial tramways, and jetboat rides. Also, whitewater rafting experiences here are really special!

Hawks Nest State Park

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Getaway Description

Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, numerous hiking trails, and one of the most challenging whitewater rafting experiences.

You can ride the aerial tramway from the top of the New River Gorge canyon at Hawks Nest Lodge. From the Tram, ride a Jet Boat to see the famous New River Gorge Bridge from the river below and the Hawks Nest dam. The view of the New River from the Main Overlook is splendid.

The park also offers various activities for outdoor lovers. You can go boating, swimming, and fishing on Jimmy's Beach, hiking, mountain biking, bicycling, rock climbing, play tennis or have jet boat rides. There is also a playground for kids, a gift shop, and a museum. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Besides, various nature and recreation programs are conducted in season.


🐶 Pets Allowed: yes


The cost for tram rides starts at $6.

Where To Stay

Hawks Nest State Park provides visitors with a wide range of accommodation options.

You can stay at Hawks Nest Lodge located right inside the park. The lodge has 31 rooms with spectacular river or mountain views. All the rooms feature comfortable beds, private bathrooms, air conditioning, refrigerators, microwave, coffee machines, flat-screen TVs, hairdryers. Most of the rooms have private balconies.

Property amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, mini-golf, great recreation terrace, a playground with slides for kids. The onsite restaurant provides complimentary breakfast and stunning views.

The cost range is $111 - $152 for a standard room. Good 4.0 TripAdvisor Reviews.

Adventure enthusiasts can have more unique experiences at Tentrr Campsites (for year-round camping). They are also located inside the park. The campsites offer a pre-set canvas tent on its own wooden deck platform, picnic table, fire pit with a grill, a solar shower, and portable camp loo. ⁠⁠



Located in Ansted, WV. Great for a getaway from Pittsburgh, Columbus, Charlotte, Richmond, Cincinnati, Cleveland,  Louisville, Washington, Baltimore, Indianapolis

• 3.5-hour drive from
, PA
• 3.5-hour drive from
, OH
• 3.5-hour drive from
, NC
• 4.25-hour drive from
, VA
• 4.25-hour drive from
, OH
• 4.5-hour drive from
, OH
• 4.5-hour drive from
, KY
• 5.25-hour drive from
, DC
• 5.5-hour drive from
, MD
• 5.75-hour drive from
, IN

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