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Lower Hawksbill Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (8)

One of several routes to Hawksbill Summit.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

4,035' 1,230 m

High

3,404' 1,037 m

Low

631' 192 m

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0' 0 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Though steep, this trail is short enough that older kids would enjoy the climb, and the visit to the lookout and shelter at the top.

Description

This trail is the steepest and most direct route to Hawksbill summit. From the parking area on Skyline Drive, north of the peak, the trail follows a wide rocky path directly up the east face of the mountain to the Hawksbill Trail/Byrds Nest #2 Road, just below the summit.

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Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 8 votes

#22800

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  3.4 from 8 votes
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#568

in Virginia

#22,800

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Photos

View from Hawksbill Peak
Jun 3, 2022 near Stanley, VA
Let out a well-deserved celebration on Hawksbill Summit (4,050ft).
Mar 9, 2017 near Stanley, VA
View from the trail.
Jun 3, 2022 near Stanley, VA
Views from the summit of Mt. Hawksbill.
Dec 10, 2015 near Stanley, VA
Panoramic from the top of Hawksbill Mtn.
Mar 13, 2016 near Stanley, VA
The observation platform on Hawksbill Mountain, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, elevation 4,050 feet.
Apr 2, 2016 near Stanley, VA

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May 19, 2022
David Fishman
2mi — 9h 30m
May 27, 2021
Allison K
Out and back 1.4mi
Oct 9, 2020
Ryan Shumate
Sep 21, 2020
Heather Franke
Jun 26, 2020
Kirk Comer
Pretty steep. My dog handled it easily. I wasn't nearly as good as him but enjoyed it very much!
Jun 7, 2020
Christina Potter
Mar 18, 2020
G Duff
Sep 27, 2019
Jesse Daniels