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.

Length2.6 miElevation gain751 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyFee
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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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Marian Price
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jeff nagle
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Little breezy but the view was epic!

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Michael Robinson
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Rose Luzader
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Jeremy Dolan
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Rocky in some spots on the AT portion. Not very steep over most of the trail. I thought the best view was from the rocks on the upper portion of the Salamander Trail right before it connects into the Summit Trail. I went when it was about 35-40° (there were icicles hanging from the rocks)- there were no crowds (hardly any people at all!). One of my favorites in SNP.

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Cathy Batten
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Loved the trail! The AT part was beautiful, lots of rocks and quiet. Beautiful view from summit.

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Robin Forman
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Really nice trail, beautiful views, moderately challenging climb. Little crowded but understandable

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Chris Canale
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Great trail! There were a few rocky spots on the way up the AT portion of the trail. Great views at the top.

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Tatiana Becker
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great views at the top

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Tarek Kouddous
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My first solo hiking trail. Perfect conditions for athletic push while feeling safe. Take the longer route! When you get there, the physical map clearly outlines the two options

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Mark Melikan
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Very rocky and uphill turain but goes to amazing view

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Norbert Huang
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Andrew Hitz
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Shikha Dube
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Great hike and lovely weather

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Kelsey Suter
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Great trail. We were here on a weekday in late November, and only passed a couple people. We started with the steep uphill on Lower Hawksbill to get the climb out of the way. The views are great and we had fun on the rocky pieces of the AT coming down.

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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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Jill Propst
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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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