Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 108 reviews
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Hawksbill Mountain Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

2.1 miles 662 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

10 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

With over 30 years of hiking experience in both the United States and Europe, Hawksbill trail may not be the hardest trail I've hiked, but the view from the top is among the best! Steady and often steep incline on the way up the .08 mile, worn trail. Hiking time to the summit is about 30-45 minutes due to the incline, the reward is the top!

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing 360 views. Steep hike at some points but well worth it.

backpacking
26 days ago

Myself and 2 friends of mine from work did this trail today 1- 26- 17. The first part of the trail was pretty thick and not Maintained well. this is more than likely due to it being the off season (I believe it's opens again in March, you can still go, but will a bit harder to do). I'm sure that closer to the warmer weather it would be a little easier after they clean up a bit. Overall the trail wasn't bad, it's a short and easy trip. I did this trail with a injured knee, and was still able to complete it fairly easliy.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of my first hikes, managed to pull it off okay! Towards the top it gets a little more steep, but the view at the top is totally worth it! Fun, moderate hike!

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

easy to moderate and excellent views from the top

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with some great views. Would hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail offers a great view for a fairly easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We thought this trail had a better view than Table Rock. Really steep at the last bit. We really loved it!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Amazing!

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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! :)