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Lovely walk with rewarding views

We did this walk on advice from the NPS rep. It was not as taxing as Bear Fence trail but had nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Nice quick hike with a view

The upper trail hike is short and sweet. Views are nice but really not that different from the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Clifford K
Fountain Hills, Arizona
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Shenandoah National Park, VA
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 22 April 2015

We saw lots of people trudging their way up the Lower Hawksbill trail to get to the top. The view is spectacular! But - if you take the Appalachian Trail to the Salamander Trail to the summit - it is a much more enjoyable hike!...More

6  Thank CivilWarNut
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Just like many places in SNP, there are several ways to achieve the goal. the first time we came up here, my wife and I took a tough, roundtrip hike to get here. Other times, we taken the steep, direct, quicker method. On a few...More

8  Thank W S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this walk on advice from the NPS rep. It was not as taxing as Bear Fence trail but had nice views at the peak with a small covered rest area and plateau for views and photos. I would recommend this walk if you...More

Thank dtpesca
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The upper trail hike is short and sweet. Views are nice but really not that different from the skyline drive overlooks.

1  Thank Clifford K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's listed as an easy hike with just a 500' grade. It's pretty much all uphill for the whole mile from upper hawksbill parking lot. My 76 yr old husband said a couple of times that he wasn't sure he could do it (especially after...More

Thank deniseb979
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Relatively steep, crowded and without a view not worth the effort. It probably would be if there was clear weather so wait, if necessary.

Thank asSYSter
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We took a hike up here after we heard it was the highest point in the park. They said it was a 360 degree view, but it wasn't. Maybe in winter, but that didn't really take away from the stunning view. It was amazing. We...More

1  Thank Eric T
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Hawksbill Mountain, at 4050 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Shenandoah. There are a couple different ways to reach the summit. We hiked the Upper Hawksbill Trail, which is probably the easiest route. Starting from the Upper Hawksbill Trailhead at milepost 47...More

Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is a great hike — somewhat challenging with an incredible view at the top of the mountain. We took the extra side trip to the Rock Creek (Springs?) cabin which was really fun! There is a composting toilet at the shelter and cabin.

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 27 August 2018

great 270 degree view, especially after heavy snow. Highest point in Shenandoah National Park. A good hiking route is whiteoak canyon trail -> whiteoak fire rd -> skyland/big meadows horse trail -> lower hawksbill trail.

Thank Yuting W
Reviewed 13 August 2018

If you are in good physical condition and you enjoy hiking up tall mountains and taking pictures of spectacular landscapes, you should plan to tackle one of the trails that leads to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. Located near Stanley, Virginia,...More

3  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Upper Hawksbill is a less traveled narrow rocky trail with uphill and level path and a good rock scramble. The lower hawksbill is a steady uphill climb to the summit. Glad we hiked upper to lower! It took 1:40 to do the circuit.

2  Thank OnAir442032
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