Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Hawksbill Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

2.1 miles 665 feet Out & Back

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Enjoy a quick 1.5-mile round trip that climbs almost 1,000 feet through rhododendron to a craggy summit and 360 degree views of Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. This 1.5 round-trip hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain (elevation 4,009 ft) has an amazing payoff with panoramic views of the "canyon" of Linville Gorge - with the valley floor some 2,000 feet below you. On a clear day, you can even see the skyline of Charlotte - about 90 miles away! The short hike is strenuous with a climb of about 700 feet gain in elevation. After hiking Hawksbill, drive about five miles down the road to the trail to the top of Table Rock Mountain, the other dominant peak on the rim of Linville Gorge. You can see both of these peaks from the panoramic perch at Wiseman's View on the other side of the Gorge (near the trail to Linville Falls.) The trail to the summit of Hawksbill begins from the parking area on a unpaved Pisgah National Forest service road. After about an half mile, the summit trail turns left just before reaching the Jonas Ridge Trail (it's an obvious turn with a sign). From here, the summit trail gets progressively rockier and, after 1/4 mile, arrives at the ridge. Just before you reach the ridge, the hike splits. Either trail will take you to the top. The trail to the right is longer and more gradual. Go straight for a short, steep climb. At the top (at a popular camping spot), go to the right for the best views. Go to the left for a better view of Table Rock. Source: http://www.romanticasheville.com/hawksbill_mountain.htm

4 days ago

Amazing!

11 days ago

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14 days ago

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20 days ago

Not a hard hike until the end. Trail is well marked and maintained. Great views of Linville Gorge. Be warned - this trail is popular. Went in the fall; pretty heavy trail traffic.

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1 month ago

Amazing & somewhat strenuous hike! If you visit during the Fall, watch out for the slippery leaf piles :) The view at the top was worth it, absolutely stunning. I went with my husband while huge & 6 months pregnant, I don't recommend that :D ... but if I was able to do it you shouldn't have an issue! :)

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1 month ago

This is a great hike. Great payoff with beautiful views.

1 month ago

Amazing trail with amazing views. Took my wife and my three year old son up with me. If he can do it, so can you!

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1 month ago

Perfect hike for my fitness level, kinda clouded over but an amazing experience!

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1 month ago

Great hike. A bit steep with inclines at times. Amazing view for sunset, but the trail does get very dark immediately after the sunsets so be prepared with a light If you anticipate going for Sunset.

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1 month ago

Gets pretty steep in the latter third of the hike but overall very pleasant. Beautiful views from the top!

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2 months ago

good half day hike

2 months ago

Good hike. Not much scrambling. I hiked it with a broken arm and had no problems. It was HOT at the summit with little shade so pace yourself and bring lots of water. Also summited Table Rock same day.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Short but good climb. Big pay off at the top

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3 months ago

Fairly easy climb for the stunning view at the top. Watch for slick spots in the trail.

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3 months ago

From SC so it was a bit of a drive, but that's what I do! It was a long 2-3mile drive to the trail head on a thin dirt gravel road, very cool if you ask me!..trail was ok, not too hard but some spots get ya. The view from the top was surreal! Sheer serenity! I went on a Tuesday and was only one up there, Best view I've seen yet! Go if you haven't already :)

3 months ago

4 months ago

Tough walk up but worth the view.

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4 months ago

4 months ago