Aerial Tramway – Hawks Nest, WV

This short but steep aerial tramway opened in 1970 to service a West Virginia State Park.
Controls up top.
This is one of only two reversible tramways built by Hall.
The top terminal is integrated into a resort complex with offices, lodging and restaurants.
Tower with 16 sheaves.
Breakover towers seen from below.
The first tower is a portal style.
Counterweight and drive equipment at the same station.
Counterweight made of concrete.
View down towards the New River.
Breakover towers leading up to the top terminal.
Each side of the lift has two cabins with room for six passengers each.
Tower 2 and all four cabins.
Hall Skycruiser carriers.
Towers 2 and 3.
Loading area up top.
Hall double fixed grip.
Riding down into the gorge.
The bottom terminal loading and unloading area.
Lower station building.
View up the line.
Double carriers.
Cabins passing the portal tower.
Riding up.
Nearing the summit.
The final tower and top terminal, which is a simple return bullwheel.
Cabin in the top station.

4 thoughts on “Aerial Tramway – Hawks Nest, WV

  1. utahpowderskier July 30, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    How is this lift different than a pulse gondola? It is listed as a tram on the database.


  2. reaperskier July 30, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    This is such a cool and classic lift!

    Where was the other hall reversible tramway built?


    • Peter Landsman July 30, 2020 / 8:10 pm

      Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Unfortunately it closed in 2015 and the lift was removed.


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