Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 191 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.

3 days ago

EPIC

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7 days ago

I did this trail yesterday, and it was gorgeous. Fall colors are starting to pop everywhere. Stunning view from the top. The only negative was that the trail leading to the large stone face to the right at the summit was inhabited by a million billion black flies of some sort. They were so thick that I couldn't breathe without inhaling about 10 of them. Stay to the left at the summit until cold weather hits.

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11 days ago

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13 days ago

The views from this hike are amazing . Clean paths will do this on again

hiking
21 days ago

Short hike and beautiful views!

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22 days ago

Wonderful Trail, Short but sweet.

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28 days ago

This is a very rewarding hike for its short distance. Awesome view!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and a nice workout for us. Beautiful view!

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1 month 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!

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1 month ago

backpacking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.