Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews
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Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail 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, 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
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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3 days ago

3 days 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?

4 days ago

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

4 days ago

Great view at the summit

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5 days ago

16 days ago

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

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24 days ago

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25 days 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.

28 days ago

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1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

1 month ago