Hawksbill Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

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Hawksbill Mountain is a mountain with an elevation of 4,050 feet (1,234 m). Marking the border between Madison County and Page County in Virginia, the summit of Hawksbill Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, as well as the highest point in both Madison and Page counties.

The north face of Hawksbill Peak is a 2,500-foot (760 m) drop into Timber Hollow, which is the largest elevation change in the park. The summit is one of the few places in Shenandoah National Park where one can find balsam fir, a tree more typical of northern New England and southeast Canada.

The National Park Service has constructed a stone observation platform at the summit. Byrd's Nest No. 2, one of a series of shelters built in the park by Senator Harry Byrd, is nearby. Hawksbill peak is also the site of a peregrine falcon restoration project. The summit of Hawksbill Mountain can be reached by a short hike from a trailhead located at the Upper Hawksbill parking area, just off of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. A number of other hiking trails lead to the summit of Hawksbill, while the Appalachian Trail goes around and about 500 ft (150 m) in elevation below the summit.
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  • We did this hike last week. Loved the views and the trails, as we did both the lower and upper trails.  more »
  • We did the Appalachian Trail over to Hawksbill. It was a bit longer than over trails but not as steep. Lovely way to get great views of the other mountains and valley. Bring water, a few snacks, and.....  more »
  • There are three options in ascending Hawksbill Mountain to the viewing platform near the summit; the 2.9-mile Hawksbill Loop with a 860-foot elevation gain, the 1.7-mile roundtrip Hawksbill Summit...  more »
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  • Great hike. Observation area is excellent. Shelter area 50 yards from summit with a picnic table that’s a great spot for lunch.
  • Popular hike to the top but a great view once you are up there.
  • Great view from the new viewing platform at the summit
  • This may be my favorite hike that I've ever done. It's a short, but steep trail, with the most amazing view.
  • Great hike but much shorter than anticipated. Beautiful views which can be said of nearly all lookouts along the Blue Ridge

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