Hawksbill Mountain Trail

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Linville Gorge Wilderness

Hawksbill Mountain Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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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rocky
7 minutes ago

Arrive early- parking lot is small and limited. We started hiking up at 7.30 am on Saturday and did not meet a single soul, only couple people that were camping overnight on the top. Fairly short but steep hike with beautiful views once you reach the top.

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1 day ago

The trail was a little challenging since it's mostly uphill. However, once you reach the top the view is worth the hike up. Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
1 day ago

It got a bit steep and rocky towards the top, but the beautiful 360 degree views from the summit made it worth it.

2 days ago

Short easy hike with the best views of linville gorge. If you can, go at 7PM to catch the sunset. I camped right down the forest service road and did it at 7am, then went back at 7PM with a 6 pack of tall boys in my pack. Well worth it. I'm sure the weekend crowds are insane!

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muddy
4 days ago

great trail! a fairly easy hike most of the way. completely shaded until you reach the top & the views at the top are incredible!! we got there around 10:30 on a monday & passed less than 10 people. had the top to ourselves for about an hour before the afternoon crowd started to roll in. trail itself is a bit narrow & some areas along the way are muddy. there are also lots of roots & rocks sticking up. saw plenty of people with dogs & small children. just watch your step :)

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muddy
6 days ago

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muddy
6 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the area! The views at the end are totally worth it!!

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome 360 degree views!

hiking
12 days ago

This hike really challenged me. The view at the top was absolutely gorgeous! Worth it.

13 days ago

Great hike. Mild crowd even on Memorial Day weekend. Last 20% of the uphill is tough but my 3 year old managed with some help. Best views I have experienced at the top in western NC. I highly recommend this trail. It is open!

21 days ago

Tough little hike, but definitely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

could someone tell me if this trail is still accessible? Beyond whether it is closed or open; could you let me know if you can physically access the trail?

1 month ago

A tough little hike but very worth the view from the top. I loved it!

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rocky
1 month ago

The closed sign is not there any more. Probably it has been reopened again? In one of the signs posted in Spence Ridge, the Hawksbill Mountain Trail is listed as closed, but not in the other one. To be absolutely sure, use the Sitting Bear trail which is closer to the paved road.

hiking
1 month ago

Paper sign “trails closed” posted along the road and trailheads 4-11-20

2 months ago

Spectacular views

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with an awesome incline otw up. Breathtaking views of Table Rock, Short Off Mtn & Wiseman View! Highly recommend this hike :)

hiking
2 months ago

This is not a long hike but the last third or so is pretty steep. However the payoff is one of the best you can ask for!

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2 months ago

This trail has spectacular views at the summit! Be aware that it is super popular and there will be plenty of other people on the trail. If you're looking for seclusion & privacy, this trail is not for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend the summit for gorgeous valley views.

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2 months ago

Little work for a high reward! The views were outstanding. Plenty of rocks at the summit to relax on and enjoy the view. Recommend a vehicle that can handle steep, rocky and unpaved forest service roads for trailhead access.

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2 months ago

great hike with my boys (grown boys) 360 deg views at the top are amazing. Got a lil crowded just b4 lunch.

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muddy
2 months ago

It was rather muddy and very trafficked. But amazing views and beautiful.

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Great view of the Linville gorge. Very rocky at the summit but a surprising amount of space to walk around. Despite poor weather, I could see Charlotte 75 miles away.

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muddy
2 months ago

It’s a steep climb but the views at the top are worth it. A little muddy in spots in early March but nothing too bad. Get there early. This is a popular trail and the parking area fills up quick.

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snow
3 months ago

Altho it was in the upper 30's it was a great day for an end of February hike! The trail got snowy and icy towards the top, but the top was clear and dry. Absolutely beautiful views everywhere you looked! Very windy on top!!! Couldn't get very close to the edge or out on the "Hawksbill" :- ( Definitely going back!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail! It will definitely get your heart pumping!

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