Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary


Update 2021: Many sites, parks, and places are open. However, please check the official websites and our visiting tips below.

When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

For raptor migration viewing, visit in autumn. Each fall, 18,000 hawks, eagles, and falcons pass Hawk Mountain.
Peak migration times http://www.hawkmountain.org/rap…

For general enjoyment of mountain views & trails, visit mid-week during your preferred season for hiking. Use caution at overlooks year-round but especially in icy conditions.


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Where and Tips

Kempton, PA
United States

Hawk Mountain is known as one of the best places in northeastern North America to view the annual autumn hawk migration. There are 8 miles of trails over 1,400 acres. For experienced hikers, the Skyline trail, eventually connects to the famous Appalachian Trail, just beyond the Santuary's boundary.
Come prepared with hiking boots and a daypack.

The Sanctuary describes its origins as "The world's first refuge for birds of prey, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has a dramatic history that started during the Great Depression with amateur ornithologist Richard Pough. In 1929, Pennsylvania's Game Commission placed a $5 price tag on the goshawk's head—a grand sum at the time. Two years later, while Pough was a recent college graduate living in Philadelphia, he became one of a growing number of conservationists opposed to the widespread movement to eradicate wildlife predators, including predatory birds." Hawk Mountain incorporated in 1938 as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania.

Interesting website to check out for tracking raptor migration