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HAWKS NEST STATE PARK, WEST VIRGINIA

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Program #9056RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Approximately 2000 feet.

Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 1, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Situated high above a rugged section of the New River Gorge, Hawks Nest State Park offers scenic overlooks, aerial tram, outdoor swimming pool, museum, and golf course. Located within approximately 50 miles of the state capitol, the New River Gorge Bridge, and Tamarack Arts and Craft Center.

Contact info:
US Route 60
PO Box 857
Ansted, WV 25812 USA
phone: 304-658-5212
web: www.hawksnestsp.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned, cable television, telephone, and private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, two gift shops, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and golf course. Seasonal aerial tramway, jetboat excursions, and outdoor swimming pool. SMOKING rooms are not available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $60 to 80 plus taxes
Reservations for additional nights should be made directly with Hawks Nest State Park by calling 304-658-5212. State that you are part of the Road Scholar group and that you plan to arrive early or stay extra days.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 28 - Arrival and orientation.
Afternoon: Plan to arrive at Hawks Nest State Park at approximately 4:00 PM. Check in at the lodge registration desk to obtain your room key. Check in at the Road Scholar registration table in the lobby to receive program information. A social activitiy is scheduled for 5:00 to 6:00 for participants to mingle and get acquainted.

Dinner: From 6:00 to 7:00 pm dinner will be served in the park restaurant.

Evening: At 7:00 pm an orientation session will be held in the conference room. Discussion will include information on the facility, the entire agenda, and introductions.

Lodging: Hawks Nest State Park

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated high above a rugged section of the New River Gorge, Hawks Nest State Park offers scenic overlooks, aerial tram, outdoor swimming pool, museum, and golf course. Located within approximately 50 miles of the state capitol, the New River Gorge Bridge, and Tamarack Arts and Craft Center.

Contact info:
US Route 60
PO Box 857
Ansted, WV 25812 USA
phone: 304-658-5212
web: www.hawksnestsp.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned, cable television, telephone, and private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, two gift shops, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and golf course. Seasonal aerial tramway, jetboat excursions, and outdoor swimming pool. SMOKING rooms are not available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $60 to 80 plus taxes
Reservations for additional nights should be made directly with Hawks Nest State Park by calling 304-658-5212. State that you are part of the Road Scholar group and that you plan to arrive early or stay extra days.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 29 - Birds of New River Gorge, Birds of Prey, and Joy ...
Breakfast: Buffet in park restaurant

Morning: Your adventure begins with an overview of bird identification techniques including visual, songs, sounds, and habitat. Emphasis will be on local birds. The classroom session is followed by a bird walk to try out your new skills.

Lunch: Buffet in park restaurant

Afternoon: Featured are two sensational topics: 1:00: Clay Sutton will conduct a program on Raptor Identification. 2:30: A Wings of Wonder program focusing on the habitat, food, and rehabilitation projects of birds of prey will be presented by Three Rivers Avian. Information on how raptors hear, see and use specialized feathers to fly. Program will feature a variety of live raptors and their handlers. 4:00 Birding Guides will be available on facility deck for informal bird watching and identification.

Dinner: Buffet in park restaurant

Evening: Bluebird lover and founding member of the North American Nature Photography Association, Connie Toops, will present All About Bluebirds. In addition to photography, Connie is a published nature writer and bluebird expert.

Lodging: Hawks Nest State Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated high above a rugged section of the New River Gorge, Hawks Nest State Park offers scenic overlooks, aerial tram, outdoor swimming pool, museum, and golf course. Located within approximately 50 miles of the state capitol, the New River Gorge Bridge, and Tamarack Arts and Craft Center.

Contact info:
US Route 60
PO Box 857
Ansted, WV 25812 USA
phone: 304-658-5212
web: www.hawksnestsp.com

Room amenities: Air conditioned, cable television, telephone, and private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, two gift shops, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and golf course. Seasonal aerial tramway, jetboat excursions, and outdoor swimming pool. SMOKING rooms are not available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $60 to 80 plus taxes
Reservations for additional nights should be made directly with Hawks Nest State Park by calling 304-658-5212. State that you are part of the Road Scholar group and that you plan to arrive early or stay extra days.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 30 - Early bird walk, birding by boat, backyard bird i...
Early bird walk, birding by boat, backyard bird identification, and the world of hummingbirds.

Breakfast: A breakfast will be served in the park restaurant. Participants will be served anytime between 7:00 to 8:30am.

Morning: Guides will be ready to take groups out beginning at 6:15 am. to identify early morning bird songs. All groups will return to the lodge in time for breakfast before the morning activities. After breakfast, you will ride the tram approximately 700 feet down to the river's edge where participants will enjoy a jet boat trip up the river to the base of the New River Bridge. On the return trip, the boat will stop periodically to view water birds and other birds that habitat this lower elevation while you enjoy the scenery of the New River Gorge. A birding guide will accompany you on the boat trip. Although located near a prime whitewater rafting area, the portion of the river used for this trip is quiet water with no rapids and only a gentle current. The open boat has padded seating and a canopy to provide protection in case of rain. Field glasses, a camera, sunscreen, hat, and a water bottle may be useful. Bring appropriate rain gear and a jacket in case of inclement weather. This trip ends at a dock directly below Hawks Nest State Park. A naturalist will conduct a program on wildflowers and native wildlife in the shore area of the park. You will use the park tram to return to the lodge at approximately 11:30 am. This boat trip will transport you on a portion of the route traveled by Mary Draper Ingles as described in the book "Follow The River" by James Alexander Thom.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in the lodge restaurant between the hours of 12:00 to 1:30.

Afternoon: Noted naturalist and radio host, Dr. Scott Shalaway will present an afternoon program focusing on practical bird identification skills to reinforce your new techniques. A field demonstration may be included. He will also include information on selection of bird feeders, optics, field glasses, field guides, and other equipment related to successful and enjoyable birding. A wide variety of field glasses, scopes, and other optics will be available for you to try as desired.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the park restaurant from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Evening: Bill Hilton, Jr. will discuss his research with hummingbirds including the variety of hummers and their migrations. He has conducted Operation Ruby Throat expeditions to follow the migration of hummingbirds for many years.

Lodging: Hawks Nest State Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, May 01 - Opossum Creek & bird banding
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at Opossum Creek Retreat from 7:15 to 8:30 am

Morning: Bill Hilton will discuss and demonstrate bird banding techniques including the capture of birds for banding and actual banding of birds. This activity will be held in a meadow setting at nearby Opossum Creek which is inhabited by birds that differ from the river gorge setting at Hawks Nest State Park. Informal small group birding walks will be held between 6:30 and 11:30 am. the area. mark Garland will lead a discussion on Appalachian History.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at Opossum Creek from 11:45 to 1:00 pm.

Afternoon: The program ends with lunch at Opossum Creek It is recommended that you place your luggage in your cars and check out of your room at Hawks Nest State Park before departing for the morning bird banding program.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Ansted, WV
General tourism informationThe Grand Canyon of the East, the deep gorge created by the New River provides a wide variety of scenic beauty and outdoor adverture. This pristine whitewater rafting area also has mountain biking, horseback riding, rapelling, rock climbing, fishing, hiking and historic sites to explore. The area is rich in railroad, mining, and Civil War history. This is the area where miners clashed with coal industry leaders to demand better working conditions. Although many songs and legends remain to record this strong cultural history, most of the coal towns are gone, abandoned when the mines played out. Nature lovers will discover some of natures rares plants along woodland trails in the New River Gorge. The town of Beckley offers a large arts and crafts center called Tamarack and an exhibition coal mine open to the public seasonally.
For additional information, visit: www.callwva.com
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine TourRide a man-car inside a closed operational mine Exhibition coal mine and simulated historic coal camp, gift shop and museum. Open daily from April to November for tours guided by former coal miners.
For additional information, visit: www.beckleymine.com
TamarackLarge juried Arts and Crafts Center Discover timeless treasures in the nation's largest collection of juried handcrafts. Experience Tamarack's tranquil, hospitable atmosphere where everything you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell is made in West Virginia. Savor tasty treats prepared in The Greenbrier managed food court. Observe artists at work in five studios. Appalachian crafts of all kinds.
For additional information, visit: www.tamarackwv.com
New River Gorge National RiverThe Canyon Rim Visitors Center provides spectacular views of the New River Gorge Bridge. This beautiful bridge is one of the longest single arch steel span bridges in the world. Handicap accessible overview and board walk overlooks available provide close-up views of this majestic bridge. You will want to visit the restored depot at the Thurmond Historic District (seasonal), Sandstone Falls, and various park hiking trails.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/neri
Babcock State ParkBabcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. All of this variety is located adjacent to the New River Gorge National River and the heart of the whitewater rafting industry of West Virginia. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is a new mill that was completed in 1976 at Babcock. Fully operable, this mill was built as a re-creation of one which once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock became a state park. Known as Cooper's Mill, it stood on the present location of the park's administration building parking lot.
For additional information, visit: www.babcocksp.com
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State ParkCivil War Battlefield Site where General Rosencrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position held by General Floyd in September of 1861
For additional information, visit: www.wvparks.com/carnifexferrybattlefield
New River Convention and Vistor BureauLinks to whitewater rafting and outdoor recreation outfitters. Hawks Nest state park is located adjacent to the whitewater rafting capitol of the east. This area features over a dozen rafting companies plus an assortment of additional recreational activities including rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails at various state and national parks and recreation sites. Visit the New River Convention and Visitors Bureau for a complete listing of local outfitters.
For additional information, visit: www.newrivercvb.com
Kanawha Valley Community & Technical CollegeKVCTC is a comprehensive community and technical college that is committed to meeting the needs of students and the community. KVCTC is the starting point to many exciting careers and educational opportunities. Located in South Charleston, KVCTC offers twenty-three associate degree programs, credit and non-credit training for business and industry, and Road Scholar programming. KVCTC has an extensive off campus network of workplace based training sites. Students at KVCTC are highly-sought after by local employers because they possess the necessary career and technical skills that prepare them for employment. Education is the key to future success.
For additional information, visit: www.kvctc.edu
Charleston Civic Center and ColiseumYear-round entertainment, convention, exhibition and sporting events. Top rock, country, gospel and Broadway acts, circus, hot rod pull, wrestling, home show and sports show. The Civic Center Coliseum is a 13,500-seat showplace for concerts, and a 12,500 seat arena for basketball. For tickets and information on scheduled performances, call 304/345-7469. For information on meetings, conventions or trade shows, 304/345-1500.
For additional information, visit: www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com
Charleston Town Center MallOne of the nation's largest downtown enclosed shopping malls, featuring 130 specialty stores, three major department stores, Picnic Place and specialty restaurants. The Center Court Atrium with its waterfall and extensive greenery is a favorite with visitors and locals alike. Adjacent to Charleston Civic Center at Clendenin, Court, Lee and Quarrier Streets. Hours Monday -Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. 304/345-9525.
For additional information, visit: www.charlestontowncenter.com
Clay Center for the Arts & SciencesConsidered one of the most ambitious cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia, the Clay Center was established to serve the arts, science, and technology by bringing together performances in dance, music and theater, and educational programming and exhibits. This state-of-the-art facility includes Clark Performance Place, which includes the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, a 1,880-seat world-class theater, as well as the versatile Walker Theater. The Clay Center is also home to the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 304/561-3500.
For additional information, visit: www.theclaycenter.org
Governor's MansionTours available on selected days Designed by Charleston architect Walter F. Martens and constructed in 1924, the 30-room executive mansion is a traditional Georgian colonial structure with a hospitable, homelike, yet dignified air harmonizing perfectly with the other buildings in the Capitol Complex. The ground floor contains state rooms featuring exquisite antiques and fine detailing while the second floor serves as the governor's private residence. Tours are conducted on Thursday and Friday between 9:30 am-11:30 am. Call to make reservations. 304/558-4839.
For additional information, visit: www.wvculture.org
Hatfield-McCoy TrailsWhether it's riding an ATV, motorcycle, mountain bike, horses or just hiking, you can find a way to experience these exciting trails in the Appalachian Mountains. Hatfield-McCoy Trails is one of only 16 trail systems nationwide that is designated as a National Millennium Trail. Outfitters and equipment rentals, guided tours, and packages are available. For complete details call (800) 592-2217.
For additional information, visit: www.trailsheaven.com
Mountain StageNational Public Radio West Virginia Public Radio's live two-hour arts performance show is hosted on Sundays at 6:00 pm at the Cultural Center Theater in the State Capitol Complex, with approximately 26 shows taped per year. The show features nationally and internationally recognized musicians. Mountain Stage is one of the most popular programs offered to Public Radio International's member stations and is heard on 130 PRI stations nationwide. Tickets available by calling TICKETMASTER at 304/342-5757, or at the door, beginning at 1:30 pm the day of the performance.
For additional information, visit: www.mountainstage.org
Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming CenterPick your own way to win with live greyhound racing and simulcast/off-track betting or try gaming with coin drop slots or video slots. Mardi Gras addition adds 57,000 sq. feet of gaming action. West Virginia's premiere entertainment attraction. Spacious climate controlled clubhouse and grandstand seating. Group package available. Enjoy a full-course meal in the First Turn Restaurant or the Mardi Gras Restaurant and Lounge. Exit 47 and 47A off I-64, Cross Lanes. 304/776-1000 or 1-800-224-9683.
W V PowerThe bases are loaded, the bat then sharply cracks and you watch as the ball disappears over the fence. Cheers erupt throughout the stands as the West Virginia Power makes another big score for Charleston! There's no better way to enjoy a summer evening than to relax with your family taking in a few innings. With more than 140 home games a season, the Class "A" affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers--a professional minor league baseball team--batters up plenty of action with home runs and strikeout pitching, and plenty of family fun with fireworks, giveaways and special promotions throughout the season. Catch a game from April through September at Appalachian Power Park. Class A Minor League baseball team, associated with the South Atlantic League and located in Charleston, WV. The beautiful Appalachian Power Park opened in April 2005. Location: I-77 South/I-64 East to 35th Street Bridge exit I-77 North/I-64 West to exit 95 (MacCorkle Avenue) to Route 61 North. Standard Game Times: 7:15 pm; Sun. 2:15 pm Telephone: (304) 744-4641
For additional information, visit: www.wvpower.com
WV Cultural CenterThis magnificent Center houses exhibits in the State Museum and research materials in the Archives. The State Theatre features concerts, films, lectures, and theatrical presentations and Mountain Stage performances. The Cultural Center is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday 12 to 6 pm. The West Virginia Archives is open Monday to Thursday 9 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on state holidays. For tour reservations call 304/558-4839 or 1-800-CALL-WVA
For additional information, visit: www.wvculture.org
WV State Capitolmagnificant building Closest resemblance to the US Capitol, the WV State Capitol is considered one of the most beautiful capitols in the United States. The largest state capitol dome in the country graces this stone and marble Italian Renaissance structure. The 20th century classical architecture, designed by the famous Cass Gilbert features a 23 karat gold-leafed dome, and its landscaped grounds display many historical statues. Guided tours conducted Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Capitol open to public Monday-Saturday 9 am to 7 pm and Sundays 12 to 7 pm. 304/558-4839 or 1-800-CALL-WVA.
For additional information, visit: www.wvculture.org
WV Veterans MemorialA two-story monument on State Capitol grounds. Four monoliths dedicated to World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam display names of the war dead within the sanctuary of the classically styled Memorial. Ramped walkways over the oval reflecting pool affords easy access to the sanctuary display of some 10,000 names. For information contact Pat Pleska, Veterans Memorial Archives Manager, 304/558-0230.
For additional information, visit: www.wvculture.org
West Virginia Symphony OrchestraThe West Virginia Symphony Orchestra began on September 19, 1939, when 55 musicians gathered for their first rehearsal as the Charleston Civic Orchestra. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra held its Inaugural Concert at the Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences on July 15, 2003. The WVSO is creating ground-breaking educational material, programs, and concerts that forge a path for educators and the average person to utilize music and music-related aspects to better their understanding of the world and universe around us. Our over-arching educational mission this season is to use music as a central platform to make connections to math, science, reading, and humanities topics. This season also sees a strong expansion of our programs into Ohio and Kentucky as the WVSO continues to hone a leadership role in educational and community outreach through Central Appalachia with continued national distinction. Offers over 20 concerts including symphonic, pops, opera, and ballet at the Clay Center for Performing Arts in Charleston. Call 304-561-3570 for schedule and ticket information.
For additional information, visit: www.wvsymphony.org
Blenko GlassDiscover the ancient art of glass blowing and find yourself surrounded by beauty and fine workmanship at Blenko Glass. Many famous buildings and museums have been customers of Blenko Glass. Decorative glassware is on display in the visitors center and is available for purchase in the factory outlet display area. Blenko also has a museum with a designer's corner and and an exhibit of artistry. Observation deck tours are available to watch craftsmen at work. Located approximately 40 minutes from Charleston on Route I-64 W in Milton, WV. (304) 743-9081.
For additional information, visit: www.blenkoglass.com
Fenton GlassOn I-77 North if traveling from Ohio or Pennsylvania Another highly prized glass collectible is Fenton Glass. Fenton is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the country. Visit the Fenton Glass museum that features glass made from 1907 to 1980, including the famous Carnival glass. A gift shop features first-quality, hard-to-find and retired pieces. Regularly scheduled tours allow visitors to watch as craftsmen create pieces. Fenton Art Glass is about an hour and a half's drive away in Williamstown, just off I-77N near Parkersburg. (304) 375-7772 or (800) 319-7793.
For additional information, visit: www.fentonartglass.com

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