Everybody loves the Greenway!

The riparian buffer zone protects the creek

Local artists created our murals

Hawksbill Creek - Class A trout stream


Visiting our parks during this time:

✅ Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
✅ Wash your hands and sanitize before and after each park visit. Keep in mind, restrooms are closed, so be sure to bring sanitizer. We will be stocking the portable restrooms with sanitizer as it becomes available.
✅ Share the trails with other users, but be sure to observe the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6’ from other persons at all times.
✅ There are no more than 10 people allowed on the playgrounds at any given time.
✅ Stay safe! Visitor and staff safety are of utmost importance to us.

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. 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 trail-side 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.

Greenway Marker Map

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

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

Download a Greenway Map Here

 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

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
Birdwatchers on the Greenway

Birdwatchers on the Greenway

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.


If  you have questions regarding the Greenway, donating benches or trees, please contact the Luray Parks & Recreation Department here.