Hawksbill Gap Loop

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Hawksbill Gap Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, VA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles 731 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

forest

views

rocky


1 month ago

Amazing


1 month ago

hiking

Good hike, but not a ton to see. If you want a steeper climb up and a more gradual way down, start up the trail immediately behind the trailhead sign (Hawksbill Gap parking area) - it will go up about .8 miles to the summit (pretty steep), then take the Salamander trail around the back side of the mountain, connect to the AT, and come back via the spur to the parking area. For a more gradual climb up (approx 2 miles up to summit, then .8 down), start counter-clockwise on the spur to the AT, then up Salamander, and down the main Hawksbill trail. I thought the rock slide areas on the AT were pretty neat, and I enjoyed seeing the succulents grow in that area. The Salamander trail is also the only area of the park where you may be able to see a Shenandoah Salamander, a species only found in SNP.


3 months ago

Very small trail and easy best with family, even 3, 4 years old kids enjoy.
Beautiful view from the top of the peak and around the trail.


6 months ago

hiking

We did the A.T.-Hawksbill Loop (see the NPS-Shenandoah page), and it was a good time. Nice, steady ascent throughout the hike, but nothing too complicated. The trail was quiet, well maintained, and offered scenic views on the way. Definitely a nice, moderate trail that is good for family-hikes.


9 months ago

Beautiful view at the top but a boring and not so challenging hike up. Didn't feel earned or a "we made it and it was worth it" sensation.


9 months ago

Views are fantastic, still no bear sightings......


10 months ago

hiking

Took the AT to Salamander trail on the way in, and it was beautiful the whole way. A few good views on the way up with nice & quiet forest in between, and the elevation change was pretty gradual. The summit itself had great views and was a worthy payoff. There was a day use shelter with a picnic table near the summit, perfect spot to break for lunch.


10 months ago

hiking

Taking the recommended (short 1 mi.) route to the top was a mistake. We were at the summit in no time and it didn't feel like we had earned it... too quick! The views at the summit were very nice, and we took the Salamander Trail down, which was much more scenic. I would recommend taking the Salamander Trail up to the summit rather than the shorter A Trail recommended on the sign at the trailhead.


11 months ago

hiking

Nice trail with good/hard climb at the beginning when doing the loop clockwise. Great views at top.


11 months ago


1 year ago

Great trail with a destination. I'd definitely recommend going up via the loop per the sign at the trailhead. Amazing views up there.


1 year ago

Awesome


1 year ago

hiking


1 year ago

hiking

Challenging ascent in the beginning, but so worth it when you reach the peak. After spending some time at the top, we went down the salamander trail. We were surprised to stop a few smaller overlooks. This trail is truly beautiful from start to finish!


1 year ago

hiking

Great hike


1 year ago

hiking

This is a nice hike. We hiked the loop which offered a nice variety of scenes. The views of Page Valley are very good.


1 year ago

hiking

I parked in the Northernmost parking area (small lot) and enjoyed the continuous ascent to the top. It was nice to have the trail to myself. The views from the top were great. I rather love the rugged, rocky mountaintops.


1 year ago

hiking

good easy trail, did it in 2 hours. A few spots where you could camp at. nice overlook towards the end/start depending which way you go.


2 years ago

Nice hike with only a few tough spots. The view is spectacular, overall a great time.


3 years ago

Definitely worth it. The hike isn't bad at all and the view is great. I've done this trail several times, and I recall Peregrine Falcons were sometimes visible from the top.