Hawksbill Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

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Hawksbill Mountain is a mountain with an elevation of 4050ft. Marking the border between Madison County and Page County in Virginia, the summit of Hawksbill Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, as well as the highest point in both Madison and Page counties.The north face of Hawksbill Peak is a 2500ft drop into Timber Hollow, which is the largest elevation change in the park. The summit is one of the few places in Shenandoah National Park where one can find balsam fir, a tree more typical of northern New England and southeast Canada. Red spruce was once found near the summit but the last of the trees died out over 20 years ago.The National Park Service has constructed a stone observation platform at the summit. Byrd's Nest No. 2, one of a series of shelters built in the park by Senator Harry Byrd, is nearby. Hawskbill peak is also the site of a peregrine falcon restoration project. The summit of Hawksbill Mountain can be reached by a short hike from a trailhead located at the Upper Hawksbill parking area, just off of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. A number of other hiking trails lead to the summit of Hawksbill, while the Appalachian Trail goes around and about 500ft in elevation below the summit.
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  • We did this walk on advice from the NPS rep. It was not as taxing as Bear Fence trail but had nice views at the peak with a small covered rest area and plateau for views and photos. I would recommend ...  more »
  • The upper trail hike is short and sweet. Views are nice but really not that different from the skyline drive overlooks.  more »
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