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Getting to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain will require some effort, but for the intrepid explorers who make the journey, the rewards are one of a kind. The summit is the highest point in the park, and from the top, unobstructed views of the Shenandoah Valley abound, though, on some summer days, smog and air pollution from neighboring cities may limit the visibility from the peak.

Take your time to take in the views from here, and enjoy a picnic in Byrd’s Nest #2, one of the many shelters constructed by senator Harry Byrd. The stone shelter is a scenic spot, and visitors won’t want to miss having a snack, or taking a short rest in or around the structure. Take in the scenery, enjoy the northern forests, and keep a look out for the Shenandoah Salamander, a unique and fiery orange inhabitant of the summit!

While on the summit, visitors will enter a unique ecosystem. Boreal forests cover the top of the peak, and the balsam fir and red spruce inhabiting the area are uniquely suited for cool, wet environments such as those found in New England. These species have adapted specially to this summit and are therefore fragile. Please treat them with respect!

A picnic at the Byrd's Nest in conjunction with the views from the summit make a visit to Hawksbill an unforgettable experience for everyone from day trippers to AT through-hikers. You're not likely to enjoy a better view of the Shenandoah Valley anywhere else!

Short Hike: Visitors have many options to reach the summit, all of which involve a bit of hiking. A mile-long trip is possible via the Hawksbill Trail/Byrds Nest #2 Road, or the more strenuous Salamander Trail. Visitors looking for a longer journey can take the Upper Hawksbill Trail, or can start from the Hawksbill Gap, and ascend via the Lower Hawksbill Trail.

Family Friendly: Kids will love the sense of achievement they gain from hiking to the highest point in the park. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top!

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Jul 19, 2018
michael kelso
Sunset hike
Jul 8, 2018
Lo Mo
Sunset July 7. Great view of north east and west. Came off AT that is steeper but there’s an easier and wide trail from nearby parking lot.
May 26, 2018
Dina Sadek
Apr 1, 2018
Alexander Antunovic
Nov 25, 2017
Justin Fear
Nov 24, 2017
Drew Sigmon
Nov 4, 2017
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Oct 20, 2017
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