Hawksbill is the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. It is located in the center of Skyline Drive approximately 14 miles south of the Thornton Gap entrance. The summit is easily reached by one of two trails; one of which is 1.7 miles roundtrip, the other of which is 2.1 miles roundtrip. A shelter is located at the summit in case the weather turns bad, and a stone platform at the summit provides a beautiful view of the Shenandoah Valley below.

Elevation (feet): 4,091
Elevation (meters): 1,247
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Blue Ridge Mountains
State: Virginia
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Dulles International
Convenient Center: New Market

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Hawksbill.

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  • Log #21175 - by Alan Williams on Feb 05, 2008
    I climbed just after Labor Day so there were very few people in the park and I only saw 4 people on the mountain. I was on the summit about 45 minutes and only saw a deer - who didn't seem mind my...
  • Log #12305 - by chris baldridge on Sep 11, 2003
    Just one of the many great hikes in S.N.P. Summited Labor Day /03 with my wife. As with many of the trails in the park we saw lots of wildlife.Hiked up in beautiful late summer weather & a clear...
  • Log #12306 - by Dustin Groff on Jan 31, 2002
    Rained earlier in the morning and was still quite foggy on top when I was there. Wish I could have seen the view and hope to be back some time to actually see it.
  • Log #12307 - by Caity Stuart and Jared Raley on Oct 11, 1999
    Today me and my little brother,who is 3 years old climbed Hawksbill. He hardly had any help at all. He walked all the way up himself. When we got to the top it was cloudy.
  • Log #12308 - by Jim Raley on Oct 11, 1999
    Reached summit on October 11, 1999 with my daughter Caity, my son Jared, and my wife Miss. Weather was really cloudy and the view from the summit was completely obscured by clouds. Winds were also...