West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Hawks Nest aerial tram reopens – scenic lift provides bird’s-glide view of the New River Gorge area

ANSTED, West Virginia – The aerial tram at Hawks Nest State Park reopened as planned July 31, following extensive repairs and upgrades that kept it idle most of the 2015 season. New electrical components and extensive installation work were necessary to keep the attraction operating at 21st century level.

            The tram has been a classic attraction, giving visitors a lift into the New River Gorge and a return lift to the top for almost five decades. Aerial trams, like phone booths, are becoming rarer in today’s world. “Folks visit Hawks Nest to experience an uncommon ride,” said John Bracken, Park Superintendent.

            Hawks Nest’s aerial tram and New River jetboat excursions on the New River operate daily except Wednesdays through Labor Day. Labor Day through September, the tram and jetboat rides operate Saturdays and Sundays only. The tram operates in October from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. weekends. Rates for tram rides are $4 for adults, $2.50 for youth 5-16 years of age, and $3 for seniors age 60 and older. Jetboat rides are $25 for adults, $10 for youth 6-16 and $23 for seniors. Jetboat ride fees include the tram ride. Jetboat excursions are operated by New River Jetboat, Inc. (newriverjetboats.com)

            Hawk Nest’s aerial tram was constructed and opened in the spring of 1970. Learn more about the Hawks Nest State Park tram, Jetboat Rides, lodge, restaurant, events and overnight deals at www.hawksnestsp.com or call 304-658-5212