Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 216 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Enjoy a quick 2-mile round trip that climbs over 600 feet feet through rhododendron to a craggy summit and 360 degree views of Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. This 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 nearly 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.

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16 days ago

Great awesome hike with challenging last 1/4 mile. Unreal stunning jaw dropping views are your payoff!

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17 days ago

It's worth the hike intensity. Beautiful view at the top!

21 days ago

Short, moderately difficult trail with an unbelievable view at the top!

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24 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail and view.

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1 month ago

The hike is a little rough in spots and the elevation change is steep in places, but well worth it when you reach the top. Absolutely gorgeous!

1 month ago

Rewarding, beautiful, amazing views! Highly recommend !

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1 month ago

Amazing views!! One of the best hikes I've ever done

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1 month ago

Spectacular views, one of the best payoffs for such a short hike. Quite a lot of tiny bees at the top on the crags, but there were still plenty of spots to explore.

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