Thursday, October 3, 2013

A hike to Hawksbill

With fall fast approaching we plan to explore and enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible these next couple of months before the ccccccold of winter settles in. 

We enjoyed a fun day trip this past weekend. We started off the morning looking for a wholesale flower shop to see what flowers are available this time of year that we can plan to purchase this time next year for our wedding... No luck! The place we traveled to was not open. 

We stopped for a quick lunch and a fabulous spot in Newland called Mason Jar Cafe. It was so yummy!

We then set out to explore! We enjoyed an excellent hike to Hawksbill!!

The views from this summit are just breathtaking!! Hawksbill is located along Linville Gorge.

Access to Hawksbill is located off FR-210. Take Hwy 181 to Gingercake Road (about 4 miles south of the parkway/Hwy 181 intersection). Follow the road to the left through Gingercake Acres. Once the road becomes gravel you will travel approximately 2.7 miles and you will see the trail head on the right with a small parking area on the left. (Access to Sitting Bear is also on this same route).

The hike up was steep in sections but overall a moderate hike and the views from the top are well worth the climb! 

Pictures don't do the views justice. It was a bit overcast but even still the scenery was amazing, we could have lingered there the whole day in wonder. Wow, simply breathtaking! 

There are plenty of places to camp throughout the Gorge. There is a great site at the top of the hike. It is pretty exposed but having breakfast on those rocks would be Ahhhh~mazing!! 

We didn't notice any nearby water sources (aside from the Linville River that cuts through the Gorge but that would be a tricky hike down and back) so you would want to pack in water

Camping does require a permit on weekends (Fri-Sun) and holidays between May 1 and October 31. You can obtain a permit by contacting the District Ranger Office at:

District Ranger
Grandfather Ranger District
109 East Lawing Dr.
Nebo, NC 28761

Hawskbill is certain to host a sight to see over the next several weeks as the leaf colors change to bright reds and oranges and we will probably go back to witness the spectacle!

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