Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 130 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.

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

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
12 days ago

one of my favorite hikes. the views from the top are gorgeous!

17 days ago

Amazing views from the top. A few different trails at the top for different vantage points.

18 days ago

This hike has the best view of any I have ever seen, and if you continue your climb up you can get a complete 360 view of the mountain range. We went on a slightly overcast day, so the ridges were cutting through the mountains. Going to be hard to top this one!

hiking
22 days ago

Great Payoff at the top with great views. Not a long hike at all. The top is a great place to camp or just hang hammocks and chill for a couple hours, like we did.

backpacking
29 days ago

Make sure you follow the trail all the way to the top and don't go to the left thinking that's it. The view from the top is so much better and there is a few spots for rock climbing.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

best view I've seen in awhile! The canyon area was amazing and it was fun to explore and climb along the rocks!

hiking
1 month ago

A good overall hike. Wasn't too hard and an amazing view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and a great place to chill on the rocks

1 month ago

Fantastic hike. We took our two year old and six year old daughters. I have flown in and around the gorge in a small airplane several times, but seeing the views while on terra firma was much more significant. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Great views and a easy hike up ⛰

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and worth it. You can camp at the top. Very limited space.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Wouldn't have wasted my time if I'd have known. Very narrow trail in parts, two views along the way and the view at the top was just ok. Short trail though. Took about an hour and that was with two dogs who had to stop and sniff everything.

2 months ago

great trail awesome views . just a couple spots to camp out at top so if that is your plan to camp out take that in consideration. great for a day hike

2 months ago

Incredible views.