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Ansted & Hawks Nest

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Ansted & Hawks Nest

Settlers followed rich coal seams to the town of Ansted in the 1790s. Today, Ansted, which is perched atop Gauley Mountain, attracts visitors seeking the recreational opportunities and the scenery of the New River Gorge.

Hawks Nest State Park
"Grand Canyon of the East." 838-acre state park, perched on the edge of the New River Gorge. Spectacular canyon views and an aerial tramway to the bottom of the gorge. Picnic area and overlook, with plenty of free parking. Modern 31-room lodge, restaurant, guest swimming pool, and gift shops, as well as facilities for hiking, jet boat excursions, tennis, and a Nature Center.

VFW War Memorial
Main Street
A Fallen Soldier Statue and names of Ansted/New Haven veterans listed on bricks, with a special section for POWs and MIA, honor area military.

Festivals & Events

Country Roads Festival
Hawks Nest State Park
3rd weekend in September. Food, vendors, crafts, apple butter making, live music.
Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival
Downtown. 3rd weekend in June. Vendors, crafts, live music.

Town of Ansted: 304.658.5901