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Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

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Shenandoah National Park

Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 751 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Fee
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Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. This is a short and steep hike with outstanding views at the top. Parking can be a challenge, so it is advisable to get there early.

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Rachel O'Grady
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Nice chill hike with good view

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Ian Doran
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Emma Kramer
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Starts with a fairly strenuous climb. Past the first mile not very challenging. Great lookout point and other solid views along the trail. Well marked. Decent traffic on a warm day in November. No litter. The drive up has several great lookout opportunities as well.

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Joaquin Cortez
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Daniela G
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Beautiful views but rather crowded trail. I would recommend going counterclockwise, but either way you go you will get steep inclines. Overall, nice trail. 10/10

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Kristen Best
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Lovely trail. And easy moderate loop. Beautiful even on a foggy, rainy day.

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Ash Stran
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So much fun! Highly recommend getting there prior to sunrise

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Tyler Meader
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Maggie Land
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Go up the steep way first as it’s easier on the knees going down. This trail gets pretty crowded and the parking can be a challenge, recommend getting on this one earlier in the day. We did see some deer on the AT part of the trail. It was hot on the summit trail, but in the shady AT side it was a little muddy and the temperature drop was significant due to the shade so dress appropriately. If you are looking for solitude, don’t come here on the weekend.

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Lyn_G O'
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Nicely marked. Fabulous views! Very crowded with the rudest of people one can encounter. But glad is a short hike.

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Stephen Shea
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Alex S
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Jeff B
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Great trail with some fantastic views of the Shenandoah. I'd recommend going counterclockwise and doing the AT portion first.

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Dan Alden
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Paula Keeter
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a beautiful sunset hike. I do suggest going up the AT first and ending with the summit. I've done both ways and enjoyed the counterclockwise better. Also its safer coming down the 1.0 in the dark than the other part.

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Kate Thomas
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nice trail and views but be sure you read the starting pole with directions. we accidentally went up the steep shortcut to the peak and took the long way down (aka the reverse route). it was our first trail at the park so we didn't know trails were labeled on the wooden beams on those tin placks. you'll be winded quickly if you go this way!

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Christine Hye
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Nice trail. Super foggy so no view for us but, still enjoyable.

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Kimberly McFarland
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Andrew Chen
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nice view at the top, got foggy very quickly after I reached the summit. would definitely rate as easy if you're in decent physical shape tho. took 30 min to get up, 15-20 back down.

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Inhye Kang
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Alyssa S
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Some of the best views in Shenandoah NP! If you’re doing the loop from Hawksbill Gap parking, make sure to read the signs. We accidentally took the “express” way up - 0.7 mi straight uphill. Then we made a wrong turn on the route down and ended up at the Upper Hawksbill parking, which is about a mile from the Gap parking.

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Craig Spraggins
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Nathan Royster
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The AT route is a fantastic way to Hawksbill. Views of valley most of the way (at least in autumn), not difficult at all

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D Merlin Lopez
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Erin McClure
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Perfect weekend to go here - the trees were beautiful (despite some cranky children, rain, and clouds). We went the steep way up - tried looping around but ended up heading to old rag? Turned around and went same way back down .... pretty sure we started clockwise for what its worth. Views were definitely worth it

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Douglas Potvin
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Gorgeous views went on AT first and once you turn on Salamander views come along all the way to the summit. Enjoyed it was a great hike

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Scott Martin
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Vanessa M.
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Gorgeous Fall hike. Beautiful color, beautiful trail. On the easy side of Moderate. I did the uphill first - which is clockwise and allows for a bit of cardio first.

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Yukiko Mihlbauer
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