5 Upgrades to Check Out On Your Next Trip to Hawks Nest

Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country on the rim of the New River, Hawks Nest is your launching point for adventures in the New River Gorge. While the New River Gorge recently got upgraded to national park status, Hawks Nest has received updates of its own and you’ll definitely want to check them out this summer.

Here’s what you need to know about all of the upgrades!

Updated Lodge Makes You Feel At Home

Over the course of the last few years, the state parks system has made more than $5 million in improvements to the Hawks Nest lodge and more than $2 million in improvements to the Hawks Nest museum. These updates make overnight stays and visits to Hawks Nest feel even more like coming home.

“The renovations to the Hawks Nest Lodge and Museum are great and we know that whether you’re visiting for the first time or have stayed with us before, there will be something for everyone to enjoy,” said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Brett McMillion. “Lasting memories truly are made at West Virginia State Parks.”

Renovated Lodge Rooms Help You Relax and Rewind

There have been many lodge room improvements at Hawks Nest. All new furnishings add to the lodge’s cozy vibe. All 31 lodge rooms have been renovated, and the lobby, as well as the front desk area, have been upgraded to match the new, cozy feel of the lodge.

Improved Landscaping Helps You See Hawks Nest’s Natural Beauty

Another exciting upgrade at Hawks Nest is improved landscaping throughout the park. The outdoor improvements add to the natural beauty of the park. Be sure to take a photo next to some beautiful flowers on your trek out to the trails or the pool!

New Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad Provides Families a Place to Cool Off

Speaking of pool, there is an all new guest pool and splash pad for overnight guests to enjoy! This addition is great for the summer months, and will give families staying at Hawks Nest Lodge something to do on a hot day.

“I think something families and kids will really enjoy is the outdoor pool and splashpad,” said Hawks Nest superintendent, Joe Baughman. “We look forward to welcoming many new guests as well as those who have visited us before. Everyone is bound to have a great time and we are excited to share our renovations!”

Expanded ADA Accessibility Helps Everyone Enjoy Hawks Nest 

In addition to the lodge room renovations, the landscaping upgrades and the new pool and splash pad, Hawks nest has many ADA accessibility improvements. These improvements and additions open up the park for everyone to enjoy. There is something for everyone at Hawks Nest, and we hope you’ll visit this summer to experience the upgrades for yourself! 

Plan Your Trip Today!

Located 10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge, Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National Park and Preserve below.
In addition to all of the exciting new things at Hawks Nest, the park has jetboat rides, hiking trails, a nature center, picnic and day-use areas, gift shops, a restaurant and many other amenities. For overnight guests, there are 31 lodge rooms. Plan your vacation, weekend getaway or day trip today!