Hawks Nest

MODERATE 18 reviews

Hawks Nest is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ansted, West Virginia that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2322 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

rails trails

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

trail running
21 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was a good hike. Very easy. Pretty much just all flat terrain unless you go down into the creek. Lots of fun and beautiful waterfalls, it's a great trail to take your dogs on if they love the water! I hiked down the trail & then crossed over at the very bottom where the lift is, to the gravel road only to get to the waterfall with the swimming hole. You can't access it on the trail. I also had to stop recording because my phone was dying, so I'd say it's about 5.2ish miles. You can park at the very beginning as well. Take a left at the rite aid, go through the bridge & then keep on driving till you see the sign "Ansted" with the brown barn. Also, it's great to run or bike. I think I might try that next time.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome trail run with shade and beautiful waterfalls!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I found this hike to be very relaxing! If you have the time you can mosey along and wander down to the creek! There are some super cool historic mining artifacts and a plethora of coal bits lying around. When you've reached the end there is a neat surprise if you don't already know what you're in for.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. lots of good places for pictures and gives a good workout. It's a little tricky to find. Turn right on the one way street just past the Rite Aid, then turn left to go under the bridge. Parking is just around the bend.

3 months ago

Super easy, cool waterfalls along the way, not marked well once you get to the base where the lift is located

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Clean, friendly people, great trail

9 months ago

walking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This place is so beautiful!! Lots to explore along the trail. I only had time to go about 2 miles in, but was able to see small waterfalls and great views!

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

We hiked the Hawks Nest Rail Trail and started in Ansted just past the Rite Aid. The trail was 1.8 miles one way. It was a very easy trail. Their were caves, waterfalls and bridges, it was beautiful. You can also ride the tram down to the trail from Hawks Nest State Park but the tram is closed on Wednesdays, that's why we started at the other end. The trail follows the water the whole way. Their were many picnic tables along the trail. Best trail we've ever been on.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The overlook is nice, very short paved walk. The real trail is at the bottom which you can take the skylift to or by driving around. Very nice scenery.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Got there about sunset. And was a magnificent light show. Sun setting on just the tops of the mountains, as the shadows took over the deep valleys. Beautiful moment beautiful place. Only in WV.

birding
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

More of a overlook than a trail but definitely worth a visit, perfect spot for watch the sunset.