Hawksbill Gap Trail - Shenandoah National Park

#6 of 140 trails in Shenandoah National Park
Hawksbill Gap Trail - Shenandoah National Park is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles Loop 800 feet
Dog Friendly
hiking dogs leash forest views
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Hailey Beu

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful view at the top but a boring and not so challenging hike up. Didn't feel earned or a "we made it and it was worth it" sensation.

Don Sherwood

14 Completed11 Reviews

Views are fantastic, still no bear sightings......

Michael McDougal

7 Completed7 Reviews

Took the AT to Salamander trail on the way in, and it was beautiful the whole way. A few good views on the way up with nice & quiet forest in between, and the elevation change was pretty gradual. The summit itself had great views and was a worthy payoff. There was a day use shelter with a picnic table near the summit, perfect spot to break for lunch.

Justin C.

5 Completed6 Reviews

Taking the recommended (short 1 mi.) route to the top was a mistake. We were at the summit in no time and it didn't feel like we had earned it... too quick! The views at the summit were very nice, and we took the Salamander Trail down, which was much more scenic. I would recommend taking the Salamander Trail up to the summit rather than the shorter A Trail recommended on the sign at the trailhead.

Jim Buchanan

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail with good/hard climb at the beginning when doing the loop clockwise. Great views at top.

Guinevere Norman

18 Completed6 Reviews

Dwight Stephenson

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail with a destination. I'd definitely recommend going up via the loop per the sign at the trailhead. Amazing views up there.

Will Patterson

23 Completed3 Reviews


Will Patterson

23 Completed3 Reviews

Sam S.

Challenging ascent in the beginning, but so worth it when you reach the peak. After spending some time at the top, we went down the salamander trail. We were surprised to stop a few smaller overlooks. This trail is truly beautiful from start to finish!