Hawks Nest via Cliff Side Trail

Ansted, West Virginia 25812

Hawks Nest via Cliff Side Trail

Hawks Nest via Cliff Side Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike at Hawks Nest State Park joins the base of cliffs overlooking Hawks Nest Lake, a dammed part of the New River. Traverse irregular terrain at the base of this cliff line where you will see huge rock houses, massive boulders, and impressive overhangs. Cruise by waterfalls on Turkey Creek before climbing back to the gorge rim and enjoying a view from the Hawks Nest, a historic vista that provides an ample reward for your efforts. The irregular footing makes for slow going but the distance makes it doable by just about everyone."

More Hawks Nest via Cliff Side Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This unusual hike takes place at Hawks Nest State Park. Start out by dropping into the New River Gorge on a steep path to reach the river, at this point dammed as Hawks Nest Lake. Visit the waterside facilities, including a boat dock and nature center, before turning up the Hawks Nest Rail Trail. The rail trail works up the valley of Mill Creek, spilling in pools and cascades. Here you will cross some trestles before ending your hike at the site of an old mine. Then backtrack to Hawks Nest Lake. Finally, take the state park tram out of the gorge and back to the park lodge. This makes the hike a lot easier, but be apprised the tram has limited operating hours, so call ahead to make sure the tram will be open when you visit. Otherwise you can hike back out of the gorge on your own. Again, before you visit call ahead to see if the tram will be running."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
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Skill Level
3 hours
Hawks Nest State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Fayetteville
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Nov 2018