Ansted, WV (West Virginia), in Fayette County, was incorporated in 1891 and named for David T. Ansted, an English geologist and the owner of the land on which the town was established. Julia Neal Jackson, the Mother of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson is buried in Ansted at Westlake Cemetery. Though long associated with the coal industry, the town may be best known today as a tourism destination.
The Tyree Tavern at Ansted was an important stop on the Midland Trail, part of the trans-Allegheny passage between the valleys of the Ohio River and James River. A prehistoric trail led through what would become Ansted, leading over the tablelands to the east and following Rich Creek into the rugged mountains to the west.
Lodging near Ansted, West Virginia
Parks & Public Recreation
Ansted is located on highway US-60 overlooking the New River in the New River Gorge. Several museums and Hawks Nest overlook are located in and near Ansted. The near reaches of national parkland extend to within two miles. The following public recreation areas are also located in or near the town or within a drive of approximately 20 miles of the community.
- Babcock State Park
- Fayette County Park
- Cathedral Falls Park
- Hawks Nest State Park
- Kanawha Falls Scenic Area
- New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
- Gauley River National Recreation Area
Photos of Ansted & Vicinity
Map of Ansted, West Virginia
Ansted is located in the New River Gorge Region in south-central West Virginia.