Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

Hawksbill Mountain Trailhead, NC, Morganton, North Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    860 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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
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My husband and I have done this hike for sunrise the past 3 years and it never fails to amaze. And since it’s on April 30th, we’ve been lucky enough to experience the rhododendrons blooming. Highly recommend this hike - all you need is a headlamp and stove to make yourself a nice hot cup of joe on the mountain top while the sun comes up!

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Christin Healey Explorer

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

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