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Hawksbill Mountain/Timber Hollow – Shenandoah National Park – Central District


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3.5 hours including 30 minutes for breaks
1,260 ft
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Park at the Timber Hollow Overlook pull-out. 38.57480, -78.38404

This teardrop hike from Timber Hollow Overlook on Skyline Drive passes around and over Hawksbill Mountain. Timber Hollow Overlook has a beautiful view of the Massanutten Range before the hike navigates the Appalachian Trail to the picturesque Salamander Trail. The summit of Hawksbill Mountain is one of the prettiest in the Shenandoah National Park, with 270 degree views From Kennedy Peak to Old Rag Mountain. This hike is also the sister to the Hawksbill Mountain/Franklin Cliffs circuit that reverses the teardrop section from the south.

If you're short on time and still want to bag the 4,050ft Hawksbill summit, start the hike from the Hawksbill Gap parking area on Skyline Drive following the Lower Hawksbill Trail for a out and back 1.6 miles.

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Hiker Reviews For The Hawksbill Mountain/Timber Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 05, 2017
Great Hike. Lots of solitude on the Timber Hollow and Salamander sections. About a dozen people at the summit. Most folks do the much shorter and steeper hike to the summit from the Hawksbill Parking. The hike above, as recommended, is more gentle and takes you through shaded groves and rock slides (which are kind of pretty). Getting to the summit via the Salamander trail is nicer because it has a gentler grade and there are a few overlooks along the way.

Coming down via the Lower Hawkshill trail is fine, as you quickly get back on the A.T. to walk back to Timber Hollow overlook to get to your car.

Not difficult at all, and we complete it in 2.5 hours despite taking quite a few short breaks to take pictures and sip water.


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