Hawks Nest State Park - Trail Running
Hawks Nest State Park has several trail running opportunities for beginners and experienced runners who appreciate the outdoors and picturesque landscapes.
The 2 longest trails are the GSYP at .75 miles, and the Hawks Nest Rail Trail at 1.8 miles one way. Runners can combine the 2 trails out and back for a 5- to 6-mile run, or stick with one or the other for something shorter.
Destination Distance From Downtown
There are a lot of variations in the type of trail running opportunities here. Some locations give the runner a physical and demanding workout, while other trails are predominantly easy to navigate and picturesque.
Time To Complete
The GSYP trail takes about a half-hour to complete at 0.75 miles. If you elect to check out the Hawks Nest Rail Trail, this can add to your length of time—easily an additional hour for the average trail runner.
Spring, Summer, and Winter
Take advantage of the spring, summer, and fall seasons and avoid the winter season because snowfall can be unpredictable in the higher elevations of West Virginia.
On Leash Only
- Cross Country Skiing
- Flat Water Paddling
- Mountain Biking
- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Trail Running
- White Water Paddling