The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Hawks Nest State Park
Hawks Nest State Park (map), in Fayette County, east of Fayetteville, WV, is among West Virginia's most popular state park destinations. Protecting 270 acres on the northern rim of the New River Gorge, the park is beloved for its panoramic vistas -- from the lodge, aerial tram, and from its overlooks. Stone buildings, including the park museum and main overlook visit complex, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and may be of particular interest to historians.
The park's main overlook, Hawks Nest, was known as Marshall's Pillar during the period of 1812-1840, so named for U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, who visited the site in the early 1800s in connection with plans for canalization of New River. By the era of the Civil War through the 1920s, the rock pillar was known as Hawks Nest Rock.
A small community located at the bottom of the New River Gorge known as Hawks Nest was established circa 1873. Although much of the settlement had long since been abandoned, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) continued to maintain the Hawks Nest station until the late-1930s.
Recreation: hiking, biking, playground, paddleboating, lake fishing, aerial tram rides
Lodging: 31 lodge rooms
Dining: restaurant, picnic areas
Highlights: Aerial Tramway, Hawks Nest Overlook, Tour Boat, Museum
Additional Sources of Information
Hawks Nest State Park: Official Website
Map: Hawks Nest State Park