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Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 8 February 2019

We took this quick hike with our kids (9&11). It is up-the-hill hike, but not difficult and pretty short...maybe an hour round trip. Perfect quick getaway. Beautiful views. The lady at the gate was not helpful at ll, so look up what you what to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Vesta S
Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

A day trip from suburban Washington DC, our 100mile drive along Skyline Drive featured great lookouts, several trail hikes, and multiple black bear sightings. We managed to capture our black bear sightings on film and video while driving though Skyline Drive. The visitor centers at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BuenViaje2121
Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

On a windy day, this hike could be uncomfortable. However, the rolling mountains 🏔 will never put you down. An average person can do it within an hour or so. Keep our park clean.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Natureholic
Reviewed 19 December 2018

The beautiful sunset you will enjoy is worth every step of the hike. We went on March so the weather was cold but nice. Attached are some of the pictures we took of the park, but to be honest they don't make justice to the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank red-wanderluster
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

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 this walk if you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dtpesca
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The upper trail hike is short and sweet. Views are nice but really not that different from the skyline drive overlooks.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 83cliffk
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

It's listed as an easy hike with just a 500' grade. It's pretty much all uphill for the whole mile from upper hawksbill parking lot. My 76 yr old husband said a couple of times that he wasn't sure he could do it (especially after...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank deniseb979
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Relatively steep, crowded and without a view not worth the effort. It probably would be if there was clear weather so wait, if necessary.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank asSYSter
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We took a hike up here after we heard it was the highest point in the park. They said it was a 360 degree view, but it wasn't. Maybe in winter, but that didn't really take away from the stunning view. It was amazing. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Eric T
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Hawksbill Mountain, at 4050 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Shenandoah. There are a couple different ways to reach the summit. We hiked the Upper Hawksbill Trail, which is probably the easiest route. Starting from the Upper Hawksbill Trailhead at milepost 47...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from deniseb979 | Reviewed this property |
It took us about an hour mostly because we stopped for husband to rest, also to explore the trees, tracks, etc.