2 miles
136 ft
-580 ft
1,282 ft
High Point


  • Riding Area
    New River Gorge Trails
    Fayetteville, West Virginia
  • AKA
    Ansted Rail Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Rail Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Family Friendly
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking

This gravel trail begins behind the Nature Center, follows Mill Creek, and ends near the town of Ansted. Two bridges, waterfalls, and remains of a coal mine that operated through the 1920s can be seen along this trail that was once a railway for coal trains. No trail fee. When accessing from Nature Center via tram, ticket for tram must be purchased. Slight uphill grade. Bicycles are permitted. Hawks Nest Rail Trail is maintained by the town of Ansted and volunteers.

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More Stats for Hawks Nest Rail Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -444 ft
  • Altitude min
    838 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,282 ft
  • Altitude end
    838 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,350 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    857 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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