Hawks Nest Rail Trail

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The Hawks Nest Rail Trail is located primarily within Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted. The trail is nearly 2 miles long and runs on the south side of Mill Creek, beginning near the nature center. The gravel and dirt surfaces are suitable for mountain biking and walking, and it has two trestles. You'll also find a scenic waterfall and other paths in the park.

The park offers swimming, a tramway (fee required), small museums, nature center, picnic shelters and boating.

Parking and Trail Access

Hawks Nest State Park is on the Midland Trail National Scenic Byway (US 60), 1 hour east of Charleston, West Virginia, and 8 miles west of US 19.


easy walk

   May, 2016 by edkennedywv

I did it May 7 after having done the Cliffside Trail at Hawk's Nest, which was more challenging as a path thru the woods with some climbing. Then rather than accessing the trail from Anstead, I went behind the tennis courts at the lodge and took the GSYP ...read more

Good scenery, easy walk

   April, 2016 by timmichelle

I am 55 years old, in decent shape, don't walk or bike a lot but this was pretty easy walk. The only thing easier would be flat pavement. Grade is 240' per mile which is not really noticeable. no ups and down, just even grade downhill going downstream, ...read more


   April, 2015 by wvdavid2

Great rail trail especially in spring before leaves come on and you can see all of the water falls and continuous cascades, and especially after rains. Also probably great in early June when the Rhodadendron are blooming. But enough gaps in trees to see ...read more