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Asheville, NC: Hawksbill Mountain

Challenge the family with a 1.5-mile roundtrip that climbs nearly 1,000 feet to a craggy summit and far-reaching views of Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest.

Rating

A short summit approach, this 1.5-mile out-and-back is perfect for an active family looking for a challenging but doable dayhike. Begin hiking west from the designated parking area on the Hawksbill Trail. The first quarter-mile steadily gains about 250 feet under the cover of maple and oak. Hit the trail during the rhododendron bloom and you’ll have a brilliant display to complement the mountain laurel. After leveling off for a brief stretch, the trail turns left about 0.5 mile in and begins a steep ascent (400 feet over 0.2 mile) up to the exposed, craggy summit of Hawksbill. From here, enjoy 360-degree, treetop views across (and up and down) Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. Due south, the distinct figure of Table Rock Mountain can be easily discerned. Soak it all in before backtracking to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Phil Sandoz

To Trailhead

Take I-40 E to exit 72 and head northeast on US 70. Continue 11.4 miles and turn left on US 221. Continue on US 221 for 21 miles and turn right on NC 183 in Linville Falls. Go 2 miles and turn right on Dogwood Rd./NC 1267. In 1.7 miles, turn right on Buckeye Hollow Rd. In 0.1 mile, turn right on NC 181. In 2 miles, make a sharp right onto Table Rock Rd./NC 1265. Go 3.8 miles to trailhead parking at a turnout on the left.

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