Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 104 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 accessible 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

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12 days 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!

16 days ago

backpacking
18 days ago

easy to moderate and excellent views from the top

hiking
18 days ago

Nice trail with some great views. Would hike again.

hiking
19 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

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

23 days ago

1 month ago

Amazing!

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2 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.

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2 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! :)

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2 months ago

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

3 months 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!