Before Hawks Nest was a state park it was originally land used by Native Americans. It was a nesting ground for numerous osprey and a there for the perfect trail for the local Native Americans. In the late 1800s several railways were completed that ran through the Gorge and that scattered most of the inhabiting Osprey as well as other hawks and birds. In 1934 the Hawks Next Dam were completed and the beautiful Hawks Nest Lake was born. A year late the state of West Virginia purchased much of the property that is now Hawkes Nest. Less than 30 years later the Department of Natural Resources took control of the land and built the park lodge and other facilities the state park enjoys today. Today Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a wide variety of activities. Visitors can visit the gorgeous hiking trails as well as nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, and some of the most challenging whitewater rafting waterways in the United States. Their trails include Cliffside Trail, Fisherman's Trail, GSYP Canyon Trail, Hawks Nest Overlook, Hawks Nest Rail Trail, Lovers Leap Trail, and Park Loop Trail.
The Lover's Leap is a trail based off a local legend. The story goes that it was a scene of a tragic suicide of a Native American and Maiden after they were forbidden to marry and be together. Current lovers can experience sweeping views of the New River and Marina. Other activities include Boating, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Museum & Historical Sites, Outdoor Adventures, Rafting, and swimming.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Fayetteville area, Hawkes Nest State Park is a must visit. The natural beauty is some of the best West Virginia has to offer. Conveniently located near the New River Gorge, it is the perfect addition to your vacation. With it's white water rafting waterways it is sure to provide a unique adventure and experience.
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