Ono of the most beautiful views anywhere! If you are driving either down or up I-77 through West Virginia, and you have a few hours to kill, take a detour over to the Midland Trail (U.S. 60) and travel up to Ansted, West Virginia. This park is right on the highway at what seems like the "top of the world" with panoramic views of the New River Gorge below. The New River flowing north-northwest out of North Carolina has two lives. One life is the wide, graceful flowing southern life. Then there is the rugged, narrow whitewater life as it enters West Virginia on its way to its confluence with the Gauley River to form the Kanawha River at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Hawks Nest is all about the view of the New River flowing below through many miles of gorge with trains, bridges and a dam on the beautiful New River. Once you leave the park, depending on which way you are going, the interstate is less than an hour either way. See it one time before you miss out.
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