Hawksbill Trailhead is located in the Central District at mile 45.6 on Skyline Drive. Here you will find the beginning of the A.T.-Hawksbill Loop trail and the Lower Hawksbill trail.

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Suggested Hikes
Before You Go
Did You Know

Hawksbill Trailhead Map

Downloadable map with trail descriptions. PDF (0.91 MB)
*Best if printed in color.

Suggested Hikes

Hike #1: A.T.-Hawksbill Loop

Distance: 2.9-mile circuit
Difficulty: moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 860-feet

At the north end of parking lot, take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). At the trail post, turn left onto the A.T. south. Continue on the A.T. south to the trail post indicating Salamander Trail. Go left onto blue-blazed Salamander Trail and follow to the summit. Descend via blue-blazed Lower Hawksbill Trail to starting point.

Hike #2: Lower Hawksbill

Distance: 1.7-mile round trip
Difficulty: easiest
Duration: 1¼ hours
Elevation Gain: 690-feet

Ascend from this point via Lower Hawksbill Trail to the summit. Retrace your steps to return to starting point.
View from Hawksbill Summit on a cloudy day.
Did You Know?

We All Live Downwind
… …of the things we make and use. What will you see from Hawksbill summit today? Shenandoah sits downwind from major cities and industry, sources of pollution that impairs the Park's air quality. Air pollution, especially in summer, can obscure the view from the Park's high points, including the highest peak, Hawksbill—at 4,051 feet. Shenandoah's scientists, as well as all of us, must work to reduce pollution and preserve Shenandoah's beautiful views.
A close up of the Shenandoah Salamander in the moss.
Here and Only Here
The Shenandoah salamander—a rare and endangered species found only in this Park—has never existed anywhere else in the world! It can live only in certain environments, such as the relatively cool, moist, high elevation of Hawksbill Mountain. This small creature has been listed as Federally Endangered even though its range lies entirely within a National Park. The salamander faces many threats—acid deposition, climate change, and human use of the Park, which can be very disruptive to the places it lives. Scientists are working to better understand and protect the Shenandoah salamander.
Before You Go!
Emergency: 1-800-732-0911
(Cell phone service is unreliable)

  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be sure you are physically able to complete the hike you've chosen.
  • Take plenty of water—at least a quart per hour.
  • Be sure you know your route. Free maps are available at entrance stations, visitor centers, and www.nps.gov/shen
  • When you return from your hike, check for ticks.
  • Stay on the trail and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are and when to expect your return.

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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