Thing to Do

Hawksbill Summit via Upper Hawksbill

A view from on top of the summit of a mountain.

A hike to the top of Shenandoah’s highest peak, offering 360-degree views of the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Virginia Piedmont.

Note that very limited closures are in effect in an effort to prevent further degradation of important outcrop ecosystems on Hawksbill.

Distance: 2.1-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Easiest (hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 520 feet

Hike Description 

  1. From the trailhead at the Upper Hawksbill parking area (mile 46.5), take the Upper Hawksbill Trail to Byrds Nest 2 Shelter.
  2. Follow the trail to the stone viewing platform.
  3. Retrace your steps to return.

The average hiking duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park.

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Upper Hawksbill parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of area near Hawksbill with roads and trails noted.

Download the trail map
Click the image to download the trail map. Print it out at home or save it to your phone to take with you on your hike.

Last updated: July 13, 2021