Hawksbill Gap Trail

#6 of 95 trails in Shenandoah National Park
Hawksbill Gap Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, VA 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.

2.5 miles 738 feet Loop
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Muzaffar Zaffar
1 month ago

13 Completed11 Reviews

Very small trail and easy best with family, even 3, 4 years old kids enjoy.
Beautiful view from the top of the peak and around the trail.

Ryan Kipp
4 months ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

We did the A.T.-Hawksbill Loop (see the NPS-Shenandoah page), and it was a good time. Nice, steady ascent throughout the hike, but nothing too complicated. The trail was quiet, well maintained, and offered scenic views on the way. Definitely a nice, moderate trail that is good for family-hikes.

Hailey Beu
7 months ago

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 Tumblelina Sherwood
7 months ago

18 Completed10 Reviews

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

Alina&Mike McDougalwicz
8 months ago

27 Completed16 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.
8 months ago

8 Completed10 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
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Guinevere Norman
9 months ago

20 Completed6 Reviews

Dwight Stephenson
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

27 Completed3 Reviews


Will Patterson
10 months ago

27 Completed3 Reviews

Sam S.
11 months ago

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!

Brian Hallen
1 year ago

28 Completed16 Reviews

Great hike

David Baker
1 year ago

13 Completed8 Reviews

This is a nice hike. We hiked the loop which offered a nice variety of scenes. The views of Page Valley are very good.

Robert Aberegg
1 year ago

73 Completed30 Reviews

I parked in the Northernmost parking area (small lot) and enjoyed the continuous ascent to the top. It was nice to have the trail to myself. The views from the top were great. I rather love the rugged, rocky mountaintops.

Mitch Forsburg
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

good easy trail, did it in 2 hours. A few spots where you could camp at. nice overlook towards the end/start depending which way you go.

Jennifer Gorman
1 year ago

17 Completed9 Reviews

Nice hike with only a few tough spots. The view is spectacular, overall a great time.

Alicia Hamar
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Definitely worth it. The hike isn't bad at all and the view is great. I've done this trail several times, and I recall Peregrine Falcons were sometimes visible from the top.

Michelle Everson
3 years ago

21 Completed9 Reviews

Great hike! The trail walks along the ridge line with great views! One side was mountain views, the other side was rock scrambles! It was a very easy hike. There are three ways to access the summit! Make sure you go to the right of the trail map because if you don't it is straight up and strenuous! The top was spectacular!

I.m. P.
4 years ago

Arrived at the Hawksbill parking lot around 8:45AM on a cold December morning. Temp was about 32. Only one other car was in the lot. Did the entire loop. Per the map at the lot, I took the A trail up then looped back down via the B trail. Had the trail all to myself....except for a few deer feeding close to the top. Nice views of the valley at Birds Nest #2 and the observation point area.