Hawk’s Nest Bridge

Hawk's Nest Bridge

The Hawk’s Nest Bridge carries CSX Railroad over the New River near Ansted, West Virginia. The Parker through truss bridge was constructed for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C

The original Hawk’s Nest Bridge, completed in 1872, was a wood truss variant. 1 On January 29, 1873, a ceremonial driving of the last spike at Hawk’s Nest railroad bridge completed the C&O from Richmond, Virginia to Huntington, West Virginia. The ceremony was for show as the line had been completed several days prior at a point near Fayette Station elsewhere in the New River valley.

The wood trusses were replaced with steel trusses in 1892. 1


  • State: West Virginia
  • Route: CSX
  • Type: Parker Through Truss
  • Status: Active - Railroad
  • Total Length: 640 feet
  • Main Span Length: 220 feet


  1. Peters, J. T., and H. B. Carden. History of Fayette County, West Virginia. 1926.

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