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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: Eric W Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, July 07, 2018
Very nice hike! Nobody was going our same way on the AT portion and as other commenters have said, the back way this hike takes you to the summit via the Salamander Trail seemed to be a much easier hike than the trail from the parking lot at Hawksbill. Along the way we had little springs and boulder piles you could explore, and you can't beat the views towards the summit. Overall did it in about 2 hours 45 minutes and enjoyed it without huge crowds.

By: Tomas S Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, June 04, 2018
Concur 100% w previous reviewer....Nice easy walk if you take Salamander Trail....Great views....After recent rains, a lot of rivlets crossing AT portion...Did it in 2.5 hours.....Hawksbill trail steep but easily avoided if you don't want to hike that portion....bring a lunch cause great viewpoints on Salamander....road section is unpaved and a nice walk too.

V close to Skylands for lunch, coffee and bathrooms etc.


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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