Visiting the New River Gorge? Round Out Your Trip with a Visit to These State Parks

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve provides incredible outdoor recreation opportunities and stunning landscapes but did you know nearby several West Virginia State Parks await to be discovered? In fact, these state parks offer cozy accommodations, mountain adventures and unparalleled views. Start planning your next trip to the area and get ready for one-of-a-kind experiences and lasting memories.

Overlook at Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park

Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with an aerial tramway, jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. The park features a 31-room lodge with comfy lodge rooms that come surrounded by picturesque views and tasty dining options.

Looking for a remote retreat? Stay in one of Hawks Nest nine Tentrr campsites. Each site is tucked away within the park near stunning views and comes equipped with a pre-set canvas tent on its own wooden deck platform, queen-size memory foam mattress propane tent heater and more.

Hawks Nest State Park is located just 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. Hawks Nest is the perfect place to relax and unwind after time spent experiencing Almost Heavens incredible adventures.

Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park

Babcock State Park

Located 20 miles southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge, Babcock State Park is home to iconic scenery and stunning views. Babcock State Park is best known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill, which once stood on the grounds. Other attractions include recreational activities like hiking, fishing and mountain biking, as well as whitewater rafting nearby in the New River Gorge.

Babcock is home to 28 cozy cabins tucked away in the woods. Each cabin provides a peaceful retreat to guests accompanied by the tranquil sights and sounds of nature. Several of the cabins are located near the Glade Creek Grist Mill. So close, you can almost hear the mills wooden frame churn. Babcock also includes a 52-unit campground if you wish to completely surround yourself in nature.

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

At Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park you’ll find incredible views and Civil War history. The park is set on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon and is an important Civil War battle site. In fact, it’s part of the Civil War Discovery Trail, which links more than 300 historical sites in 16 states, and commemorates the 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry, a major Union victory that led to the eventual Confederate withdrawal from western Virginia.

A quick 20 minute drive from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is a must-see spot along any road trip.

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