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Hawksbill Gap Loop via Appalachian Trail [CLOSED]

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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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 751 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

closed

Note: This trailhead is currently closed by SNP and the County for the foreseeable future due to community health concerns— NO parking or road access is available. Please check with the park page for more information. 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views and a decent workout!

3 months ago

Awesome! I went up the steep direct Lower Hawksbill Trail and down the Salamander Trail, which had nice views. Was quiet with a few at the summit, probably because it was a Monday in late February

Fantastic loop on a beautiful Sunday. Crowded up on the summit but only saw a few people on the Appalachian Trail portion of this hike. Very rocky at times. Proper hiking shoes are definitely recommended. Lucky to grab a parking spot at the trailhead due to a late start. So the earlier, the better. I’d definitely do this again.

Our timing for this trail could not have been more perfect. Gorgeous winter day with just a hint of spring. We hiked clockwise and the descent was a majestic display of frozen waterfalls set off by hillsides of spring moss. Beginning of the hike left me winded, but was well worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

3 mile Hawksbill, GREAT views, short quick mike climb the clockwise way, then 2 easy miles down, rocky, usually very crowded but light for us since President's day.

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scramble
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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scramble
3 months ago

This is a great hike, but I was astounded by how crowded it was today. There were more people on this trail today with their dogs than I have ever encountered in the park before. It made it impossible to have any sort of peaceful/ quiet experience at the top, and if you are frightened of dogs at all, this trail may not be your cup of tea. Lots of dogs were off-leash. We went clockwise, and I think that was the right choice for us. We got the hard climb out of the way, and had a long, pleasant decline all the way back after the summit.

4 months ago

great trail. not too crowded on the day we went. limited parking.

rocky
4 months ago

rocky hike, but not bad. gorgeous views. we had a variety of different aged hikers and non hikers. trail was not too difficult so everyone could finish.

hiking
5 months ago

Going counter-clockwise, trail has some slightly steep sections followed by minor incline. Mix of rocky and leaf debris sections. Trail winds around west side initially. Great view at the summit. Has an overlook built. Return is steep but short.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail and beautiful views. We did it clockwise but if you do it couter clockwise you will get a more gradual slope going up

Saw a hawk. Hope his name is Bill.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Just as everyone said, the view is great and worth it. Clockwise definitely gets the steep side of of the way. The decent, continuing clockwise, has some rocky areas, be careful.

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

Nice hike with nice views esp at the viewing platform. Added about 1 mile out and back of AT before getting on Salamander trail. Very nice trail. Did it counter clockwise. Clockwise is quite steep to get to the viewing platform.

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rocky
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

Went up the steep way (clockwise) and got up to the top in 30 minutes. The view from the top was awesome and you could see all around. There are even compass like pointers that show you all the surrounding mountains. We saw many people hiking counterclockwise as well so if you don’t want it to be as intense I’m sure that would be great too. Pretty windy on top, but was fun!

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