Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 221 reviews
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Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately 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, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

20 seconds ago

Great, quick hike. Hiked trail clockwise --very steep at first, very gradual after the summit
Cloudy day, still had glimpses of beautiful vistas

hiking
7 days ago

Was there today, did the trail clockwise, it starts with a steep climb, had to take several breaks on my way to the summit, but it was ok, and the summit wasn’t that far. The rest of the trail was mostly downhill so it was pretty easy too. It took me around 2,5 hours or so. I expect the trail to be a little harder counter clockwise, will be doing it that way next time. Definitely can recommend it. The summit view is amazing!

hiking
28 days ago

This was our first hike in Shenandoah, and it certainly has set the bar high!! We followed the advice of other posts below to ascend on the Salamander Trail which connects to Hawksbill. About a quarter mile from the summit, there is a pile of rocks on your left, we climbed up and saw some amazing views!! Don’t miss it! I took my 8 month old Irish Setter, and he did great. The descent on the Hawksbill gap is somewhat steep, but not anything to worry about. As others mentioned, the parking lot does fill up quickly. We started our hike at 8:00 AM, and there were only a few cars parked. When we returned at 10:00 AM, it was nearly full with people everywhere. Also, there was no line to get into the park, but by time we left there were 10+ vehicles waiting to get in. One thing to note, the description says the entrance fee is $20 - it’s actually $30! Have a great hike!!

1 month ago

Did it today visa the Lower Hawsksbill parking lot and Salamander trail. Lots of amazing views! The rocky outcropping at the summit is a fun (optional) scramble. This one seemed to be a popular one for families

1 month ago

Loved it! Spectacular views. I have arthritis in my knees, hips and lower back. It was easier going up than coming down. The slope coming down put a lot of pressure on my hips and back. My 5 year old niece handled it no problem.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! Several smaller overlooks to stop at before hitting the summit and neat changes in landscape. This might be a new Shenandoah favorite. Took three pups and they all did well.

hiking
1 month ago

well worth the effort saw bear and cubs, beautiful wildflowers, and an amazing veiw to finish it off.

2 months ago

Loved this hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike- breathtaking views. Was pretty busy when we went. Lot of family’s bringing kids. There was a strenuous hill and it was rocky on other side. Overall loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible views worth every step of the steep hike to the highest summit in the park!

3 months ago

Went with my wife and two dogs. Beautiful short moderate hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike that rewards with some great views at end. Pretty steep at points but a good leg stretcher. This was our first hike in Shenandoah and offered a good glimpse of what the park has to offer.

3 months ago

Beautiful Snow Hike. Icy, but safe if you watch your step.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy hike, but a nice view and payoff. The earlier in the day you go the better since the view is westerly facing and afternoon sun will limit the quality of your photos.

hiking
4 months ago

Starting at the trailhead, go right— this path will put you on the AT and it is a much smoother climb to the summit. If you loop it this way, it’s just short of 3 miles around.

Summit has great views around the valley. A little crowded on the weekend but not too terrible.

Well worth the hike. Will do it again when the weather is warmer.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike. We went in October and saw a large deer with huge antlers. The views are beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively easy trail. Short hike which you could do in the afternoon, even in the winter. Beautiful views at the summit. To the right you get to see Old Rag Mountain, which was awesome!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike. Started snowing last weekend on the hike!

8 months ago

I did it today early morning and it was amazing but collapsed rocks are blocking the trail for few meters.

8 months ago

Extremely crowded at the summit with mediocre views

hiking
9 months ago

The peak provides 360 views. Great hike spoiled by sight and smell from a pot smelling e-cig toting mother of an infant and toddler.

hiking
9 months ago

Views were mediocre and the short trail to the top was really crowded

9 months ago

Easy trail. Nice people along the way and great views!!!

9 months ago

Start at the right to avoid the steep climb up.

hiking
9 months ago

How crowded does the summit get? I am looking to go on October 22nd (Sunday) in the early afternoon to propose to my fiance. I just don't want it to be too crowded. Is there are more secluded area with the views? Any help is appreciated!

9 months ago

beautiful area. easy hike ending up at the highest point in the park. shelter house with picnic tables at the top

9 months ago

Pretty scenery, wear shoes that give you great support for the ankles and you should be good. A great hike and recommend it to those that want to explore.

9 months ago

Pretty scenery, wear shoes that give you great support for the ankles and you should be good. A great hike and recommend it to those that want to explore.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty scenery, wear shoes that give you great support for the ankles and you should be good. A great hike and recommend it to those that want to explore.

hiking
10 months ago

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