Everyone Loves the Luray Hawksbill Greenway!

The Riparian Buffer Zone helps protect our waterway.

Enjoy murals done by local artists as you walk the Greenway

The Hawksbill Creek is now Class A Trout Fishing Stream

Welcome to the Hawksbill Greenway Foundation!

The award-winning Luray-Hawksbill Greenway invites users to enjoy the abundant beauty and wildlife of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in a unique urban setting.
Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

This multi-use path meanders along scenic Hawksbill Creek through the center of historic Luray, Virginia.Less than a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Luray is the central entry point to Shenandoah National Park and its scenic Skyline Drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This popular tourist destination also is home to Luray Caverns, a U.S. National Landmark and Eastern America’s largest cave.

 Thanks to everyone for your support and kind words about the Greenway.

Everyone Loves Luray’s Hawksbill Greenway Greenway!

Where Urban Meets Wild

The Luray-Hawksbill Greenway combines a lush habitat for birds, butterflies, trout and other wildlife with urban amenities including:

  • A two mile, 10-foot-wide, paved walking and biking trail that is handicapped accessible
  • Six convenient parking areas
  • Two modern Restrooms
  • Four drinking fountains
  • More than 24 trailside benches
  • Eight picnic tables

While on the trail, users are only steps away from Luray’s vibrant downtown area – with its historic homes, restaurants, Farmers’ Market, shops, hotels, museums and restored train depot – or its quaint residential neighborhoods.

New Greenway Marker Map

The Hawksbill Greenway has a slightly new look.  The almost 2-mile Greenway is now divided into 5 unique color sections (orange, blue, white, red & green), and each section is now identified by its corresponding color.

Greenway Map

Greenway Map

The hope is that “orange section”, “blue section”, etc., etc., will make it easier to identify your location in the unfortunate case of an emergency.And, it will hopefully make it easier to recognize the location of events taking place on the Greenway. This work was paid for by grant funds.

A new wooden guardrail has just been installed on the Orange Section of the Greenway.

Hawksbill Greenway Foundation Board

Hawksbill Greenway Foundation Board

This will safeguard any users from a possible stumble down the rocky steep embankment. It was installed by the recreation department, thanks to your $2500 in donations to the Greenway Foundation. Thanks to Ken & Jean Beyer for donating their time to do the staining for the railing.

 A Gathering Place for Locals and Visitors

With two miles of trails, as well as open spaces and scenic rest areas, the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway is a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet, watch the wildlife along the creek or go for a walk or jog. The Ruffner Plaza on the Greenway is the center of many music festivals and other local activities.

The Greenway accommodates a wide range of everyday activities, including:

  • Bird-watching
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Frisbee
  • Bicycling
  • Rollerblading
  • Walking, Running and Jogging
  • Quiet meditation
  • Pet exercise
Birdwatchers on the Greenway

Birdwatchers on the Greenway

A Birder’s Paradise

More than 200 species of resident and transient birds are known to use the nearby Shenandoah National Park, and many of them can be found along the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway, which is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Species to look for along the creek include:

  • Green Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Bluebird 
  • American Goldfinch
  • Killdeer
  • Tree Swallows

Many common woodland birds and migrating Flycatchers, Warblers and Vireos may be seen in the more heavily wooded sections near the north end of the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway.

Numerous insect species also make their homes in the Greenway.

  • Spicebush Swallowtail and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies flit among the trees and bushes
  • Pearl Crescents and Eastern Tailed-blues are more common in the open spaces.
  • Eastern Amberwing, Widow Skimmer and Common Green Darner dragonflies hover around the creek.

Angling for Fun

Fishing on the Hawksbill Creek

The Hawksbill is a Class A Trout Stream

Anglers enjoy fly fishing in Hawksbill Creek, which is home to many of the Shenandoah’s 37 fish species, including game fish such as Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill. Offering Category “A” trout fishing, the creek is stocked throughout the year.

During construction of the Greenway, workers planted a 16-acre riparian buffer and installed rock structures to deepen and cool the stream, providing a better habitat for game fish.

Remember Bike & Pedestrian Safety On the Greenway

Because the Greenway is a multi-use casual leisure trail, extreme caution and courtesy need to be observed when operating any type of equipment, including bicycles or roller-blades on the Greenway.

Due to the number of walkers, runners, and children who occupy the Greenway paths, cyclists, in particular, need to use appropriate speeds (high speeds are not permitted on the Greenway) and yield the right of way to all pedestrians.

Biking on the Greenway

Biking on the Greenway

Cyclists should exercise added caution on descending ramps, bridge areas, and turns where pedestrians or children may be less visible.

Serious injury can result from inappropriate cycling on the Greenway.

Please remember that this is a shared space.

Caution and courtesy are essential for the safety and enjoyment of everyone who makes use of our award-winning Greenway paths.

 

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION

  • Since the Greenway project began more than a decade ago, many Luray citizens and businesses have worked to create this urban paradise through their donations and hard work.
  • When the Greenway was completed in 2009, The Hawksbill Greenway Foundation was formed to assist in the enhancement, long-term care, and maintenance of this treasured open green space.
  • The Board of Directors offers a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has planted trees and gardens, raised funds, painted murals, made a donation or contributed in a hundred other ways to creating this unique space.
  • We look forward to your continuing support and ideas for the future!
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