Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 176 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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike! It gets a little challenging near the top. Just take your time and you'll make it. The gorgeous views at the top are worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

backpacking
12 days ago

Defiantly one of my favorite trails on the east rim of Linville George. Hike isn't too bad, but can get tricky toward the summit with packs and the narrower trails. Without packs it's a quick, heavily wooded hike and a decent incline as you rise. Amazing views of the gorge on a clear day and a eerie feeling when is summit are engulfed with clouds and you can only see 10 feet ahead of you. Limited camping spots but plenty of trees for the hammock campers.

12 days ago

Watch out for rattle snakes. Read up on what to do if you encounter one. This summit trail is about as good as it gets.

14 days ago

Loved this trail!

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing views. This is our new favorite hiking spot. When you reach the top you can see for miles. It's so peaceful and enchanting. Makes you feel like you are on a different planet. Highly recommend!

hiking
19 days ago

20 days ago

This is our favorite hike in tge entire state! Hands-down the best payoff view! You don't even feel like you are in NC. It feels like you are in some far off country. Moderate trail that is fairly easy until the last 1/4 of it. But still doable for older people and children if you take it slow. This trail gets crowded around lunch so we usually try to get there a little after sunrise and take breakfast to eat at the top. And it's easy to apend an hour there just walking around to see the nearly 360° panorama views a d just sitting in awe. SO SO worth it! Even the drive to the trail is gorgeous.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Absolutely loved this short, but fun trail. It's fairly easy uphill until the last few hundred yards, which will get your blood pumping. The payoff is worth it. Views, soaring hawks. Breathtaking.

walking
24 days ago

worth the view at the top!

hiking
25 days ago

26 days ago

Great hike. Nothing terrible but it did get a bit steep at the top. The views were beautiful, even with the rain storm.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Rocky and steep up but beautiful views both to left & right

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