View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Hawksbill Summit, in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

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Hawksbill Mountain

Shenandoah Valley

The highest peak in the park (4050ft) is also a well-known nesting area for peregrine falcons. Stand on the rustic stone observation platform at the end of the trail for long-lasting impressions of the park’s wondrous beauty.

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