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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 and known for the panoramic views.  The New River was designated an American Heritage River on July 30, 1998. There are currently fourteen American Heritage Rivers in the country.

The name of this area comes from the numerous osprey (some call them, “fish hawks”) that once nested on the cliffs.  Today, many hawks, turkey vultures, black vultures and the occasional bald and golden eagles are seen soaring above the canyon. Additionally,  peregrine falcons study within New River Gorge National River has been part of a restoration program for the species.  

Below the 31-room lodge, built in 1967, the New River forms peaceful Hawks Nest Lake. Above the lake, the narrow canyon and rushing water create one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation.

Hawks Nest State Park has welcomed visitors since the mid-1930s. Stop by and enjoy the restaurant, accommodations, hospitality and most importantly, the view.


Autumn glory clinging to the West Virginia hills
Autumn glory clinging to the West Virginia hills
at Hawks Nest Overlook.
An Applachian Spring snapshot of our West Virginia hills and valleys from Hawks Nest Overlook on April 30, 2009.
An Applachian Spring snapshot of our West Virginia hills and valleys 
from Hawks Nest Overlook. 

Winter prelude of our West Virginia hills and valleys from Hawks Nest Overlook on November 18, 2008.
Winter prelude of our West Virginia hills and valleys 
from Hawks Nest Overlook.
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