Hawksbill Gap Loop

MODERATE 90 reviews
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Hawksbill Gap Loop is a 2.7 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, 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

One of the best in the park. Great view from the summit, nice scree crossing on the loop back.

5 days ago

Hiked 2 summers ago, great trail

6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

It was a nice hike. We saw 2 bears down the side of the mountain a little after the summit and it was incredible! The view was amazing and not too crowded and the trails were decently kept up. Overall it was a great short hike, but I'm glad we took the Appalachian Trail side first as it was much less steep.

hiking
15 days ago

I would do the whole circuit!!! It was great to go over the Little Rock scuttle twice ! And it's not as steep of an ascent so it was easier to breathe. The view at the top is breathtaking!!! So pack lunch or even a good book and just soak in those views. Easily one of my favorite hikes!!!

18 days ago

Quick climb, recommend going up the AT-Salamander Trail- Hawksbill Summit

Short but steep. Nice gravel trail, good for a late afternoon. Excellent view at the end.

27 days ago

hiking
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1 month ago

Nice easy hike with a great view. If you are deciding whether to start left or right, go right and follow it around until the fork, at the fork go left onto salamander. When you are done follow the rock trail back to lower parking, it takes only about 15 minutes down. If you go left you will be at the top in 15 minutes and it is very steep.

At the top, there is an observation platform with two dials with other mountain ranges marked on them so you will know at what mountains you are looking. You are given a view of old rag and stonyman.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic view on the summit. It was a short and easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike to a great view. We did the loop walking up the steep part (easier on my old knees) and back via the AT

hiking
1 month ago

Its an easy, popular and crowded hike. We hiked to the summit from the Appalachian trail and went back the same way to spend more time on the trail. When hiking from the Appalachian there is a small place probably a quarter mile before the summit where you can spend some peaceful time and its almost as high as the summit but far less crowded.

1 month ago

Nice hike. Be sure to do it in the correct direction. Which means you turn right at the info sign.
Also good to know that it costs $25 to get into the park.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike. Just a tad busy if you hike in the afternoon.

hiking
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