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Things to Do

Nature Center

The River Nature Center features opportunities for kids of any age to enjoy and experience the life within the New River community. The nature exhibits demonstrate interactive nature displays, as well as an on-site naturalist for assistance and information.

The Nature Center is also the base contact station to the new Hawks Nest Rail Trail operated by the Town of Ansted.

The Nature Center features a nature gift shop featuring apparel, snacks, and beverages.

Hawks Nest Nature Center is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends  after Labor Day through closing in late October. The Nature Center and the aerial tram operates on the same schedule. 

The Nature Center may open for school or other groups on a reservation basis, as available, during the week. 

A minimum of a two week advance notice is required.

Nature Center Schedule
Daily- Memorial Day to Labor Day
Weekends Only- Labor Day to Late October


Trails for hiking or walking are open to the public at Hawks Nest State Park: Cliffside Trail, Fisherman's Trail, Park Loop Trail, Lovers Leap Trail, GSYP Canyon Trail and the Hawks Nest Rail Trail.

Bicycle rentals are available in town of Fayetteville. See lodge desk for more information.
A series of short loop trails are available near the CCC shelter and museum areas in the lower park.
For trail descriptions click here.


Seasonal swimming, Memorial Day through Labor Day is an amenity at Hawks Nest Lodge for overnight guests and included in the overnight room rate.  Pool access is via an keyed entry system. 

Aerial Tramway

The aerial tramway from Hawks Nest Lodge to the marina at the bottom of the New River Gorge is a main attraction at the park. Click to learn more.

Jetboat Rides

Jetboat rides on the New River from the Hawks Nest MarinaRide the scenic tram to the bottom of the New River Gorge Canyon. There you will climb aboard “Miss M. Rocks”, a 21 foot covered Jetboat, where a combination of speed and power will conquer the currents of the New River. See the world's second longest single arch steel bridge towering 876 feet above you, giving you an advantage for great photographs. The Jetboat runs rain or shine. No special clothing required. Tickets may be purchased at the tram office. Allow one hour for your adventure. Arrive at boat dock area 15 minutes prior to ticket departure time. Jetboat prices include tram ride.
(Last trip: 4 pm weekday, 6 pm weekend)

Whitewater Rafting

Several whitewater rafting companies are located within 10 minutes from our lodge. Enjoy the New River, or for the more adventurous, try the Gauley River. Brochures are available at the front desk.

Gift Shops

We offer three gift shops at Hawks Nest State Park. The Lodge Gift Shop is open daily. The Lower Park Gift Shop is located 1/4 mile west on Route 60 and is open May through October. Both gift shops offer many varieties of souvenirs, T-shirts, toys, jewelry, glassware, and other items. The third gift shop is located at the River Marina where you will find our Nature Center. Items you will find include educational gifts related to nature.

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