If you are looking for some wild and fun outdoor adventures, take the Rt. 60 to Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted West Virginia. Hawks Nest State Park is nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country. If you like that kind of adrenaline rush for fun, then it is the perfect place for you to explore.
Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. I love that it has a 31-room lodge that offers luxurious rooms, fine dining and spacious conference and meeting facilities. This place is not only great for outdoor fun but for assembly or any other kind of big events.
Hawks Nest State Park is located near Ansted in Fayette County, about 10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge. Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National River, as shown in the photo below.
If you want to take a boat ride to see the New River Gorge, you will have to take the aerial tramway. You can also go down through the walking trail if you just want to see the river at the bottom. It's neat how they set it up. You can't take the boat ride unless you take the aerial tramway, really good business strategy I think.
Our son was very nervous going on the aerial tramway. This is not his first time doing it but I think he couldn't remember when we did this in South Korea, he was just 2 years old then.
I thought it would be fun to record his experience this time so we will have a document to show him that there's nothing to be fearful about. You may watch the video below.