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What is the origen of the name of Mt. Hawksbill, the highest mountain in the Shenandoah National Park?
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Many of the place names in Shenandoah National Park are so old that no one knows how they came about. And while no one is sure exactly how Hawksbill Mountain got its name, a park ranger we spoke with told us that the rocky peak resembles a hawk’s bill.
Here’s a great picture of the mountain, which, at 4,050 feet, is the highest peak in the park: http://www.mrbig.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=46&pos=9. To see the mountain and decide for yourself, get the best view from Crescent Rock Overlook, at mile marker 44.4, on Skyline Drive.
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We will be at Bonanza Creek Campground near Challis, ID July 6-10. What are some good trails to hike and other activities to do nearby?
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If you enjoy scenic beauty, extended hikes, short day hikes, and the serenity of escaping from the crowds, then you'll love the area around Bonanza Creek Campground in Challis Salmon National Forest. The campground is located in the Yankee Fork Ranger District offers over 300 miles of trails to enjoy. There are trails that will take you into a mixture of rugged peaks, timbered slopes, narrow canyon bottoms and majestic lakes. The Yankee Fork District offers a vast variety of trails to satisfy the desires of all kinds of uses, motorcycles, four wheelers, horseback, bicyclers and hikers, whether they are a novice or experienced. You can find a lot more information about the area here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/yankeefork/trails.shtml have a great trip!
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