Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 185 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

2 days ago

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

hiking
15 days 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.

27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 months ago

Great hike. Started snowing last weekend on the hike!

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Extremely crowded at the summit with mediocre views

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Start at the right to avoid the steep climb up.

hiking
6 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!

6 months ago

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

6 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.

6 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
6 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
7 months ago

7 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views. I could have done without the religious service going on at the summit. 40+ people crowded in at the summit giving people the stink eye if that walk up to the summit is not cool. Are religious services allowed in National Parks?

7 months ago

always enjoy this one.... especially for the view!

7 months ago

Great view at the summit

7 months ago

Went up the steep side. Tough hike up but the view was well worth it at the top !

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful views to the north, east and west and the highest peak in the park. We went up and back in an hour. Ascent was an uninterrupted uphill slog but totally worth it.

7 months ago

Mint y

8 months ago

I climbed the steep way (left at the fork) and was so glad! Much easier to walk down the more graded trail down. Beautiful views and fairly quiet on a Friday afternoon.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty quick and easy hike if you're an avid hiker. Beautiful view- could have stayed for hours.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. I took the advice of some other reviews and parked at the Hawksbill Gap Parking Lot and started the trail to the right and did the loop so the steep descent was on the way back down. Much more scenic and "easy going" on the way up instead of just a straight up butt burner like humpback or spy rock in the beginning. If you don't have good knees, the steep downhill on the way back could be tricky, but we were ok with it. Took us about 2 hours. There's a couple great overlooks on the way up. We stopped and ate lunch at the first one since no one was there and it was nice and quiet.

hiking
9 months ago

Great View at top, I recommend taking Appalachian Trail to Salamander trail for better views on hike.

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