Hawksbill Mountain Trail

MODERATE 223 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
20 days 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
20 days ago

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

hiking
22 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail and view.

2 months ago

The hike is a little rough in spots and the elevation change is steep in places, but well worth it when you reach the top. Absolutely gorgeous!

2 months ago

Rewarding, beautiful, amazing views! Highly recommend !

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views!! One of the best hikes I've ever done

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular views, one of the best payoffs for such a short hike. Quite a lot of tiny bees at the top on the crags, but there were still plenty of spots to explore.

2 months ago

Amazing views first part easy last tough.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular 360 degree vistas from the top! Make sure you explore the entire top of the rock so as not to miss the actually VISTA! We talked to some hikers on the way down who saw just 180degree view as they didn’t walk around and explore - to find the highest point. This is now one of my favorite hikes even though it is a little shorter than I normally do. The fact that it is a consistent up-hill makes it a great cardio hike, it was perfect for a fall day! My fit tracker put this hike at 2.9 miles - not 2.1 as is listed ... perhaps because we explored the entire top range of the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

Took a group of 60 year olds up yesterday and everyone made it. 360 views from the top are stunning. When you reach the summit, turn right and follow the path to the edge for the best views.

2 months ago

EPIC

2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike and beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful Trail, Short but sweet.

3 months ago

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

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