Situated right in the state park next to the Hawks Nest overlook of the New River Gorge, this is a great place for an overnight stop along Route 60, or if you are doing a rafting trip. Don't expect a National Park style lodge like in Yosemite or Yellowstone, this is basically a 60's motor lodge with a knockout view. Don't let that stop you from staying here, though. We had a deluxe suite, which is well worth the extra money. It had a bedroom with two queen sized beds, a sitting area with a TV and fireplace, a balcony overlooking the New River, and a large picture window next to the beds overlooking the forest. The one bed is directly next to the window, which gives this bed a "bed in the trees" kind of feel, which is very cool. The room looked recently renovated, and maybe it's just becuase we were tired, but the beds were very comfortable. The youthful staff were eager to please and can point you to some good hiking. There's an outdoor pool that was closed for the season but looked nice. We did eat in the restaurant, and though it was a bit overpriced for this area the food was respectable enough. A complimentary breakfast is included, we did not partake of it so we cannot comment on it. It was advertised as continental. Here's a tip for a relaxing day: see the entire New River Gorge at river level and the Alleganies by taking the Amtrak Cardinal train from Montgomery to Clifton Forge, VA. It makes for a great day trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hawks Nest State Park Lodge is a mountain lodge located in Hawks Nest State Park and offers breathtaking views of the New River and Hawks Nest Lake. The lodge offers three styles of accommodation. Standard rooms offer a choice of woodland or gorge views. Corner suites provide a seating area and balcony overlooking the canyon with a picture window facing the forest. The deluxe suite offers two rooms, two balconies facing the forest and front of the lodge and a fireplace for cozy relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawks Nest State Park Hotel Ansted