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Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“No stay just play”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Stop in for a visit and tram ride, was a raining day but we were still able to ride the tram and at $4.00 totally worth it. The nature center is very well put together for children. We also walked down to "lovers leap" don't be it intimidated by 100 steps down it's really not that bad and the view is worth hike. We didnt realize we could've taken our picnic to the bottom so we stopped and the covered shelters just down the road.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Made Hawks Nest home base for a few days of hiking and rafting. Good location and incredible views. Room was on small side but balcony views of river compensated for size. Breakfast wasn't much and restaurant was expensive for dinner so plan accordingly. Definitely check on suite availability if plan to spend much time in room with family of four.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Littleton, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Where else can you walk out the back door and ride a tram down to the river for a boat trip to the New River Gorge bridge? Where else can you book a room with a gorgeous view of the tram, river, boat, and hills of WV? The room came with a fantastic view and a balcony for relaxing. The room was clean and quiet. It reminded me of the vintage rooms on Route 66 - older, but well maintained. I had a lot of questions and the desk persons were helpful and cheerful. BYO hairdryer and iron. I was so relaxed staying here, I didn't even miss those amenities. The property (same building) has a gift shop and restaurant. The restaurant food is just ok; it is lacking in flavor and in some cases, adequate heating. Eat there for the convenience, not the quality of the food. Very convenient to have everything in one place.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Ashland, KY
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67 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This was first trip to Hawks Nest SP in 30 years. We stayed in lodge which was ultra clean and room had beautiful view of the Gorge. This lodge was built in the 1960's or so but remains a nice property. If you're in Eastern time zone and looking for a calm getaway, give this some consideration. It is in a very rural area which we found attractive rather than the busy activity of a city setting or a beach. Mountain views of area are wonderful. Food was okay and view from dining room may be worth the one hour trip east of Charleston on US 60. Bottom line, if you're looking for a calm getaway from hustle and bustle, consider this property. We'll likely return.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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South Florida, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Hawks nest had pretty views but we were expecting a little more from this park.It is a lot smaller than Babcock S.P. but does have some good activities.There are lot's of steps but it is worth it.The view of the bridge was hard to see.We chose to hike down to the bottom which was very steep & a little slippery.One of our family members fell & I came close.I would still recommend it if you are able but watch out for the poison ivy it is everywhere! We took the tram back up (4$ round trip or 2$ one way).The Tram was scary!!If you are afraid of heights I would skip this!They also have Jet boats at the bottom.There are lot's of trails to hike.Overall we liked Hawks Nest & would recommend it if you are in the area but did prefer Babcock S.P.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Long Island
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318 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

After traveling many miles in the car, we were rejuvenated by the quiet atmosphere of the Hawks Nest State Park Lodge. The view over the river from the lodge's patio was calming as we watched a long train cross the river on the bridge below. We enjoyed walking down the nearby trail to get a better view of the cliffs and the river. Dinner in the restaurant was okay--we certainly didn't want to get back in the car to find another place! Our suite was large and the beds were very comfortable. There was a coffee maker to help us get started in the morning and a little balcony where we could have a quiet reading place. Continental breakfast was included--it was adequate but nothing special. For an extra fee, a cooked breakfast was available.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Pensacola, FL
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

This park is very pretty but the lodge is old and outdated. The rooms and bathrooms are small, no hairdryer or coffee maker in the room. The free breakfast is one of the worst I've had. Didn't even want to chance it for any other meal - go to Fayetteville - 15 to 20 minutes away to Pies and Pints or to Adventures on the Gorge resort - Chettys has good wings on Monday nights and burgers and sandwiches. Sit outside and enjoy the view. If you go west from Hawk's Nest entrance you will soon come to the overlook and park gift shop. Hwy. 60 that runs in front of the lodge is a scenic road and Hawk's Nest is at MM 104. Around MM 95 there is a lovely waterfall that you can walk up to and take photos. It's just past the sign that says welcome to Gauley Bridge (not a bridge but a town) on the right side. No signage about the waterfall, we almost passed it but were actually looking for it so we were able to slow down and get into the parking area. After visiting this waterfall, if you keep going west to about MM 92 you will be in the next town of Glen Ferris and there is a small, old power plant on the river. Park in the parking area for Kanawha Falls and there's another wide, short set of falls to view from the riverbank. The Scenic Hwy. 60 brochure I had picked up said there were 12 waterfalls in 5 miles but that they were seasonal. I guess we were there in the dry season.

Back to the lodge - functionally obsolete if you ask me - a true waste of design but, I guess they built things differently back then. Trails near the lodge weren't well maintained or marked. We're hikers so we appreciate signage, distances, etc. Not much of either and not many other great hikes in the area except for Kaymoor Mine Trail. Two nights here and we were gone.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hawks Nest State Park Lodge
Address: 49 Hawks Nest Park Road, Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812
Region: United States > West Virginia > Ansted
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Ansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hawks Nest State Park Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hawks Nest State Park Lodge is a mountain lodge located in Hawks Nest State Park and offers breathtaking views of the New River and Hawks Nest Lake. The lodge offers three styles of accommodation. Standard rooms offer a choice of woodland or gorge views. Corner suites provide a seating area and balcony overlooking the canyon with a picture window facing the forest. The deluxe suite offers two rooms, two balconies facing the forest and front of the lodge and a fireplace for cozy relaxation. ... more   less 
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