Your Guide to
Parks of Fayette County
Fayette County is often noted for being an outdoor recreation playground and in fact our New River Gorge area is now recognized as the country's newest National Park. Below we've listed some of our must-see parks, trails and playgrounds in Fayette County organized by community. But there's plenty more to explore.
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Hawk's Nest Lodge Park
Address: 49 Hawks Nest Road, Ansted WV 25812
Hawk's Nest State Park has something for everyone: a basketball court, tennis court and playground equipment. There are plenty of picnic tables, and even shelters for reservation if you're planning something special. For some extra adventure, explore the park's many trails, or take a ride on the scenic tram!
Hawks Nest Rail Trail
(aka Mill Creek Trail)
Address: 189 Hawks Nest Road, Ansted WV 25812
This is a beginner friendly trail with gorgeous views of Mill Creek and its several waterfalls. You can also find remnants of railroad and coal mining along the way. The gravel and dirt surfaces are suitable for mountain biking and walking. There is parking by the trail head sign and if you drive further, there is more parking options before the bridge on the right.
Because this is an out and back trail, you can choose your distance. The total length of the trail is 1.8 miles and ends at the Hawks Nest Lake.
Photo Credit: Veronica Crosier, Active SWV, 2019
Fayetteville Town Park
Address: Park Drive, Fayetteville WV 25840
There's so much to do at this town park. Check out the ballfields, basketball court, skateboard park, paved walking trail, dog park, shelters and amphitheater! There are two main playground areas within the park as well. The playgrounds have a variety of equipment for children, as well as nearby benches for the grown ups.
Photo Credit: Gabriel Cabrera, Active SWV, 2021
Fayetteville Loop Trail
Address: Park Drive, Fayetteville WV 25840
Find the trailhead in the back corner of the Fayetteville Town Park. The trailhead has its own gravel parking lot, or you can use the main parking lot and follow the paved walking path to the back of the park.
Take this loop for a 1.1 mile walk in the woods. The dirt path has several hills but it suitable for all ages. With a little rain, the tiny creek near the trailhead is perfect for foam boating! With plenty of parking available, this trail is used by many.
If you want extra adventure, you'll find this trail connects to a much larger trail system in the New River Gorge. Be sure to bring a map, plenty of water, snacks and the right clothes if you plan on a longer hike!
Photo Credit: Veronica Crosier, 2019
Address: Cathedral Falls is located just off of US Rt. 60 about 1 mile east of Gauley Bridge on the Scenic Byway.
This beautiful 60ft waterfall is one most scenic waterfalls in West Virginia, and a perfect place for a photo op. Walk over the wood bridge to get a better view. Bring a lunch and make an afternoon of it. This park has a few picnic tables too.
Photo Credit: Nikki Nichols, AllTrails.com/trail/us/west-virginia/cathedral-falls/photos, 2020
Address: Route 60 in Glen Ferris
Kanawha Falls is located on the Kanawha River alongside US 60. The falls is only 15 feet high, but it is very wide. There is a dam above the falls and unless you have a boat, you will have to settle for distant views of most of the falls. There is a well signed park with parking. You can launch a boat, paddle board or kayak here!
Photo Credit: Active SWV Staff, 2019
Babcock State Park
Address: 486 Babcock Road, Clifftop WV 25831
One of West Virginia’s most known locations, Babcock State Park has 4,127 acres of stunning scenery. The park is known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill.
The park boasts other attractions like hiking, fishing and mountain biking. You can also find multiple playgrounds and an in-ground pool. Tent camping and cabins are available for longer stays.
Photo Credit: Active SWV
Mountain Health Trail
Address: Babcock State Park
Mountain Heath Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.
Photo Credit: Molly Wolff, Molly Wolff Photography, 2019
Mount Hope Phoenix Fitness Trail
Mount Hope prides itself on being a bike-friendly, walkable community. The city has a network of walking routes that vary in length and difficulty. Check out historic downtown, and make a stop at the outdoor fitness station along the way for extra challenge!
Visit Mount Hope's webpage to see maps and more by clicking here.
Oak Hill City Park
Address: Park Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901
This city park has a modern playground, baseball fields, and open space. It's also adjacent to the White Oak Rail Trail. This paved walking/biking path runs about 7 miles through Oak Hill.
Address: Collins Park, Oak Hill, WV 25901
via Collins Ave/Delta Rd 150
The Collins Park is a hidden gem of Fayette County. In addition to its playground and shelters, it also features an awesome obstacle fitness course. The park is also home to a 9 hole disc golf course.
Photo Credit: City of Oak Hill, WV Staff, 2020