Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**
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.
- Long known for its panoramic views, the park offers a modern, 31 room lodge for the comfort of overnight guests. Suites are available at an additional cost. Below the lodge, the New River forms peaceful Hawks Nest Lake. Above the lake, the narrow canyon and rushing water create one of the most challenging wildwater boating waterways in the nation.
Whether you're searching for an ideal summer vacation, access to exciting whitewater rafting or a quick getaway to view autumn's color, Hawks Nest State Park is a perfect year-round sanctuary.
Recreation - Jetboat rides: depart from Hawks Nest marina for an exciting ride on the New River. This 15 passenger water vessel will show you the Hawks Nest Dam and tunnel. Cruise at speeds of 40 mph to the New River Gorge Bridge for a breath taking view of the bridge towering 876 feet above the river.
The park offers four trails varying in difficulty that will let you view nature at its best. Map and trail guides are available at the front desk.
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
Hawks Nest State Park is conveniently located on the Midland Trail Scenic Highway (Route 60). One hour east of Charleston and only 8 miles west of Route 19.