Camp on Hawksbill Mountain

North Carolina Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC

Added by John Stephens

Dynamic 360 views looking over Linville Gorge from 4,009 ft elevation at peak. The mountain provides beautiful hidden nooks to set up camp.

Hidden far above the beautiful Linville Gorge stands Hawksbill Mountain, among many other fantastic hikes. The roughly 1.7 mile hike from the dusty gravel parking lot is steep but worth every step. It took me about an hour to conquer with a few water bottle-guzzling stops.

At the top, you are almost immediately hit with the gorgeous views. You have two options for a view: looking left toward Asheville and Table Rock, or looking right toward the gorge lying over 2,000 feet below. Both provide a stunning height and breathtaking vision of the rolling hills ahead. If you time your hike right, you can catch the sunset from here, and watch as the sun suddenly cascades warm light all over the valley and rocks.

The mountain has plenty of little nooks and hiding places to set up a little one or two-person tent. The nights can be a little breezy (my little tent blew around and shook in response to the howling wind). But as the night moved on so did the furious weather. By morning the mountain had again returned to its solemn silence.

The sunrise is again a beautiful view that seems better accompanied by a cup of strong camp coffee.

Permits may be required on weekends and holidays. For permit info, contact the local ranger office:

Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Dr.
Nebo, NC 28761
(828) 652-2144

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Camera & supplies
  • Windbreaker
  • Hiking boots
  • Tent or hammock
  • Cook stove
  • Sleeping bag (It can be very windy overnight)
  • Camping gear
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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about 2 months ago

Amazing Sunrises And Sunsets

We took the long long way to the summit at Hawksbill via the ledge trail and other offshoots, and were lucky to see the sunset over the surrounding ridges and wake up to an insane sunrise. The campsites are small but really cool, perfect if you're looking for the primitive experience that's still easy to access.

about 2 months ago

7 months ago

One Of My Favorite Spots In The World

Camped on top of Hawksbill again last night, and was reminded why I love coming here. My brother and I hiked up with our Eno's, and there's a handful of great spots with trees for sleeping and open spots for a fire. The 360 view is breathtaking, and there's no better way to wake up then a sunrise over the gorge. If your camping over the weekend I would recommend getting there before dark to make sure you get a great spot.

7 months ago

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