Camp on Hawksbill Mountain

Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC - Search Nearby - 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.

Camping Permits may be required (May-Oct.). For permit info, contact the local ranger office:

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

Distance

1.7 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

700 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Easy Parking
Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Not a ton of campsites, but the few are awesome

There are not as many campsites on the mountain here as you might think and expect to find them occupied very early on the weekends. Many of the campsites do not have immediate views, but are a stones throw away from epic vistas. Be sure to get a permit for the weekends!

These directions are not sufficient

You encounter three forks - hang a left at all three to get to where you want to go. The trail will finally open up after an incredibly steep and rocky push marked by a large bolder and fire rings with 3 or 4 overgrown paths to take. Take the far right trail to get to the best overlook. There are a few places to pitch a tent, but they are tight and not flat so keep that in mind if you want to camp. Besides that, this view is one of the best (if not the best) in the Linville Wilderness. I cannot recommend this view enough!

Loved this camping trip!

The hike up was so much fun. Some parts were a little steep, but manageable. My husband and I hiked up in about an hour with our packs and camped at the top on the other side of the Hawks Bill. When you get to the top of you go right it takes you right to the Hawks Bill where it is SUPER windy but SO beautiful and worth it. The winds were gusting about 50mph but it was such a neat experience and breathtaking views. When you get to the top of the trail and go left it will take you to a less windy spot with some tree coverage and a little campsite - which is where we set up. It was still windy throughout the night but calm compared to the other side of the mountain. I would recommend this hike for a day hike or overnight stay. Waking up to the sunrise over the mountain tops with some oatmeal was beautiful!

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