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The Landscape of Wonderful West Virginia: Hawk’s Nest

Stories and history of the lands of West Virginia

Hawk’s Nest Panorama




Hawk’s Nest

Located in Ansted, WV, the Cliffs of Hawk’s Nest are nearly 600 feet above the New River. This area was named Hawk’s Nest due to the large number of fish hawks (osprey) that made their homes there. Once construction on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railways began in the mid to late 19th century, the disturbance of dynamite and construction chased the hawks away. In 1935, West Virginia purchased the property, and in 1963 the Department of Natural Resources took over the management of the area and built the State Park and lodging.