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Beloved for its panoramic views of the New River Gorge -- from the lodge, aerial tram, and from its overlooks -- Hawks Nest State Park is one of the most popular park in West Virginia. The park's stone buildings and extensive networks of stone walls, walks and enclosures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression.


View from the Hawks Nest Overlook, Hawks Nest State Park
View from the Hawks Nest Overlook, Hawks Nest State Park

The main overlook at Hawks Nest State Park provides a spectacular view of the New River Gorge.
The main overlook at Hawks Nest State Park provides a spectacular view of the New River Gorge.

One of several stone structures at Hawks Nest State Park built by the CCC during the WPA-era.
One of several stone structures at Hawks Nest State Park built by the CCC during the WPA-era.

Deep within the gorge just below Hawks Nest Rock, an excursion train crosses Hawks Nest Bridge over New River, circa 1969.
Deep within the gorge just below Hawks Nest Rock, an excursion train crosses Hawks Nest Bridge over New River, circa 1969.

Justice Marshall is credited with being the first person to attempt to measure the height of Hawks Nest Rock above the New River. Marshall's estimated its height at 1000 feet, however its height is actually 585 feet.
Justice Marshall is credited with being the first person to attempt to measure the height of Hawks Nest Rock above the New River. Marshall's estimated its height at 1000 feet, however its height is actually 585 feet.

Hawks Nest State Park is a popular destination during the fall, when the forests of the New River Gorge are ablaze in color.
Hawks Nest State Park is a popular destination during the fall, when the forests of the New River Gorge are ablaze in color.

The community of Hawks Nest was located at the bottom of the gorge, established soon after the railroad was completed through the gorge in 1873.
The community of Hawks Nest was located at the bottom of the gorge, established soon after the railroad was completed through the gorge in 1873.

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