Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

North Carolina Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC

Added by

Short 1.5 mile round trip that climbs to 360 degree views of the Linville Gorge, Table Rock, Shortoff Moutnain, and the Pigsah National Forest. This is a gorgeous place to camp, but is also perfect for a short hike to catch a sunrise or sunset. In the fall the colors are incredible, and in the springtime the path is lined with rhododendron . By far one of the shortest hikes for the reward I have ever done!

The trail to the summit of Hawksbill begins on an unpaved road for the Pigsah National Forest. In about a half a mile the trail turns left just before reaching the Jonas Ridge Trail. This turn is an clearly marked turn with a sign for "Hawksbill Summit". The trail then becomes steeper and rockier for another 1/4 of a mile, then you will arrive at the ridge where the trail splits. Either way will take you to the summit, so just choose a path and explore the area for where you want to be. Don't forget a tripod to get some great shots before the sun comes up or after it goes down, and a headlamp to navigate your way to the top. The wind at the top is also brutal so be sure to bring plenty of extra layers for the summit!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hiking poles
  • Water
  • Daypack
  • Snacks
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Headlamp
  • Layers
Read More

How to Get There

about 1 year ago

Short hike with great views

The Views from hawksbill are great. Mountains galore, and golden hour lasts for a while. A definite must if you are in the area and are looking for a place to watch the sun go down.

about 1 year ago

Added by Christin Healey

Explorer, adventure seeker, lover of life and all things creative.

Activities:

Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

860 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures

North Carolina / Trombatore Trailhead

Park along the road at Bearwallow Gap - this is also the parking area for Bearwallow Mountain.

Kat Dellinger
25 Saves

Hike along Basin Creek in Doughton Park

North Carolina / Basin Creek Trailhead

A treasure in North Carolina that doesn't get as much attention as it should, Doughton Park has some of the best trails around.

Kat Dellinger
14 Saves

Hike the Elk Knob Summit Trail

North Carolina / Elk Knob State Park

There are no bathrooms at the trailhead, so if needed, drive a little past it to the park bathrooms on the left. Park at the summit trailhead and start your hike on the new gravel path.

Kat Dellinger
15 Saves