Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 281 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
659 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
1 day ago

nice quick hike! The view is amazing, great view of table rock! bring some water and it’s really fun to explore all around at the top

This is one of my favorite trails, starts out like is going to be super easy, then is really rocky and a lot of fun, beautiful all the way. You won't regret taking this trail!

6 days ago

My wife and I decided to hike today regardless of the rain, and Hawksbill seemed to be the place. It was muddy but one of the best short hikes ever. The trail is easy until you have to chose left or right. The "left" is rocky, and fairly steep, but so worth it. She and I are going back when it's clear...can't wait!!!

15 days ago

beautiful short hike with the most amazing views of the gorge, table rock, etc. can be combined with Jonas ridge/sitting bear if you want to make a day of it. If camping on hawksbill be prepared for A LOT of wind!!

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail with amazing views. The top half is a little steep but it offers secondary trails that make the climb easier.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail, not very difficult. I was recovering after being sick going there, and made it. Very green. The view from the top is beautiful!

28 days ago

Great shirt trail that is challenging.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail easy hike out and back. 45min in and 30min out. Very good choice after 2 days of rain very little mud. Beautiful views from the top will be back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike today despite no view from the top due to clouds. Had some great views from the lower elevations on the trail. Pretty easy hike. Last part is steep and rocky. You can camp out on the summit which is super cool. We will be back. 40min up and 30min down.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great day on this trail. Not too long not too hard and great pay off with a beautiful view at the end.

1 month ago

Great hike. Better views.

hiking
1 month ago

do NOT pass up the opportunity to do this hike. i hike a lot and have a decent peak bagging list and this is by far one of my favorites. the views of the gorge are phenomenal. take a map and compass and check out the countless peaks which are visible from the summit

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing views 360 when you get to the top. It’s quite windy so use caution. We sat at the top to enjoy a snack before coming back down. It does get steep at the top so I’d rate it as moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate trail, worth the view at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful views at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike overall. There were 2 parts that were a left or right decision. Both we took were left and lead us right where we needed to go. The top part is STEEP and I mean steep, but the view is so worth it all. I would definitely go back and do it again. It was very windy on the top of the mountain and was colder than the bottom. I’d recommend a little jacket.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with even better views, got steeper near the top but wasn’t that bad. Accidentally came to a fork in the trail, after you stay left, and went the wrong way trekking down the mountainside, so don’t do that because it’s fairly steep. Short hike I’d give it a moderate rating.

2 months ago

Hit up the Ham Shop for a breakfast sandwich to-go, and enjoy this hike in the morning. This avoids any crowds and allows you to take your time and not rush, so you can take it all in and enjoy. It’s definitely intense at the top, but slower and less agile hikers can still take their time while getting to the top. The views at the peak are well worth the trip up.

2 months ago

Decent hike. Great views at the top. Table Rock summit definitely has more wow-factor.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views ! It was fun walking around the crags. Take extra water for your dog. Steep end climb to the top- hard on a mid50 year old with aging knees and not good shape- but so worth it! Some amazing photos are
posted. Thanks for sharing them!

4 months ago

Great Views!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great quick day hike. The trail isn’t long. I made it up and down in under an hour even with the ice. Went 1/21/18. Most of the snow is gone however there’s ice on the top part of the trail. Last 1/5 of the trail is pretty steep. Go left at the top for an amazing view of the gorge and table rock. Go right for a 360 view! Awesome picnic location.

4 months ago

Worth every second. Incredible view. Went when it was still quite cold so there was patchy ice at different spots. It seemed to pose a little bit of an issue for some pups in some of the steeper areas towards the top, but wasn’t unmanageable. Absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views !

hiking
5 months ago

Great view at the top. Several parking spaces at the trailhead and room along the road for parallel parking. Trail is not marked, but it is well travelled and easy to follow. Steady, but not too strenuous of a climb to the top, be sure to take a left when you get to the T-junction in the trail. Left goes to Hawksbill, right goes to Devil's Hole.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic trail that has it all: great views, camping and moderate-level hiking.

hiking
6 months ago

Last bit of the hike was a little challenging but it was definitely worth the incredible view. 10/10 would hike again.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

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