Hawksbill Summit Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Hawksbill Summit Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

views

Tallest peak in Shenandoah, nothing to see until summit, then 360 degree view. This trail is steep for nearly the entire hike. You are well inside the tree line for the entire hike, so there is not much to see. Once you reach the byrd shelter the views abound, and just another 100 feet or so, you reach the summit overlook, a beautiful 360 degree view. The NPS has a stone overlook built on the summit, so it's easy to know when you have gotten there. It's a tough walk but worth it. Within an hour you can bag the tallest peak in Shenandoah! There is an alternate version of this hike that is a loop. The hike described in this report is an out an back route.

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The hike is an easy walk with a couple steep sections but it's all about the view! Stunning. Saw crows, hawks and turkey vultures. Great view of old rag and several other peaks. Easy for dogs and kids

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1 month ago

Beautiful overlook, but definitely steep going up the shorter length. Next time I'll take the longer route for a more gradual climb. View is worth it though.

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1 month ago

Nice hike, 1.1 mile each way. It took us a grand total of 48 minutes up and back. We did linger at the summit for a while. Nice viewing area at the summit. Well worth the hike up. It's steep in places. The trail is wide, but covered with big gravel. So don't wear sandals!

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It was a short hike, but fairly steep. really enjoyed it and the view was absolute perfection. We got engaged overlooking the vista and it was the best day of my life in the most perfect place I can imagine.

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3 months ago

Short hike for awesome panoramic views.

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3 months ago

This short hike take you to the tallest point in the shenandoah Nation park. Awesome views and the kids loved the rocks at the top. Check out my full review which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hawksbill

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