Hawks Nest Rail Trail

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Hawks Nest Rail Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ansted, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

rails trails

river

views

waterfall

blowdown

rocky

30 days ago

Love this trail from Ansted to the river. Waterfalls the whole 1.9 miles to the tramway. Beautiful flat trail.

very enjoyable and lots if waterfalls

hiking
1 month ago

Recommend to anyone. Flat with a small grade change. Small waterfalls are close to trail for great pictures.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk to the tramway with lots of waterfalls all along the way. Many of the smaller falls drain across the trail, so wear boots. A number of building foundations and artifacts left from when the railroad ran thru. Easy slight downhill all the way to the tram bottom with an easy climb back out. I went at the tail end of winter, but must be incredible in all seasons.

2 months ago

waterfalls for miles :) an enjoyable hike even on a foggy rainy day.

hiking
2 months ago

So the marked trail on the map isn’t exactly accurate. It appears to be a combination on Hawk’s Nest, a gondola ride and the cliffside trail. The actual Hawk’s Nest trail is pretty easy. You have a great view of Mill creek, with rapids and water falls, for the length of the trail. We did a loop, coming down from the lodge using GSYP Canyon trail, taking Hawk’s Nest trail, following the creek upstream, then using Hawk’s Nest road to get back to GSYP Canyon trail back to the lodge. GSYP is fairly strenuous, be warned. If you are looking for a more moderate hike, definitely incorporate it, if not, stick to Hawk’s Nest trail and road for a nice hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view of the creek entire hike. Absolutely stunning. Very family and dog friendly. My dog Jack had a blast. Please leash your dog as many pups hike out here.

6 months ago

Loved it!! Watch footing lots of big rocks among the leaves.

hiking
10 months ago

A new surprise around almost every bend. Never got boring or old. Didn’t have enough time to do the whole thing but we will be back!

11 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails but it was blocked by fallen trees

hiking
Friday, October 27, 2017

Nice views of the creek along the way. With nice forest views as well. But my favorite place was the bench over looking the creek. If I remember correctly it's about half way on the trail.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Awesome trail run with shade and beautiful waterfalls!

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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
Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Clean, friendly people, great trail

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.

bird watching
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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

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