Hawksbill Mountain

Hawksbill Mountain, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, is a must-see when visiting the area. With an elevation of 4,050 feet, Hawksbill Mountain is not only the highest point of elevation in the park, but also the highest point in both Madison and Page counties.

During your visit, make sure you plan a Hawksbill Mountain hike to fully immerse yourself in the area’s natural beauty. A popular Shenandoah hiking trail, the Hawksbill Loop leads visitors to the mountain’s summit and the phenomenal panoramic views it affords. At roughly three miles round-trip, the hike is moderately strenuous, but rewards the adventurous with some of the best views in the park.

In addition to the Hawksbill Loop, there are numerous trails to hike in the area, including the renowned Appalachian Trail, which takes hikers around the mountain and ends about 500 feet below the summit.

The slopes of Hawksbill Mountain are covered in a forest of pine, rhododendron, hemlock, and mountain laurel. Hikers with a keen eye can also spot white-tailed deer, red fox, Eastern cottontail rabbits, peregrine falcons, and even black bear.

If you’d like to explore the area at a more leisurely pace, or an afternoon of hiking Hawksbill just isn’t enough, Shenandoah offers a variety of park lodging options – from rustic cabins to resort rooms – that provide the perfect home base for a national park vacation full of outdoor adventure.
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