Watch a Sunrise at Hawks Nest Overlook

Ansted, West Virginia

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Added by Elyse Clark

This easily-accessible view of the New River is perfectly oriented for sunrises. 

Hawk's Nest State Park is a true gem in the New River Gorge area. It has a roadside overlook that looks out over a horseshoe bend of the New River with views of the Hawk's Nest Dam and of a railroad bridge across the river. From the parking area, simply walk about 200 feet out to the stone overlook.

Although gorgeous at any time of day, this spot is perfectly oriented for sunrises (especially in the winter), and you will get reflections of the clouds on the still water above the dam. 

After watching the sunrise, try hiking some of the Hawk's Nest State Park trails, or continue a short way down the road to see Cathedral Falls

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
ADA Accessible

Watch a Sunrise at Hawks Nest Overlook Reviews

There usually is some fog that hangs down near the river, making for a great photo and some much-needed contrast with the trees. A good leading line as well.

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