Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton

4.7
#7 of 24 in Wildlife in Pennsylvania
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is famous as the world's first refuge for birds of prey, and one of the most recognized hawk migration watchsites in the United States.

Operated as a non-profit, Hawk Mountain is a nature-tourism site; membership and trail fees support raptor conservation programs. People visit Hawk Mountain for hiking, birding, autumn hawk watching, scientific study and wildlife observation.

Hawk Mountain's conservation science program works internationally to protect birds of prey along the entire length of their flyways. The Hawk Mountain Conservation Science Internship Program has trained more than 300 young people from 62 countries on six continents.

You can support Hawk Mountain in several ways. Visit Hawk Mountain any day of the year to enjoy the scenic and inspirational views. Join as a member to support the Hawk Mountain conservation mission. Volunteer time in any number of areas.
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  • I am not a bird guy. I live local and check this out every other year or so just to see if there are any changes. There are not that many trails there, so I would not call it a great hiking place. Nic...  more »
  • I visited in early November walking along the trail to observe the countryside and try to see some raptors. In the brief two hours I was there I saw probably 15 - 16 different types of hawks. Their sa...  more »
  • A great place to see hawks, eagles and vultures up close. There are many knowledgeable guides. Well marked trails lead to the best viewing sites. Best during the Spring and Fall migrations.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit. I don’t come to see the hawks and I often hear people complain about not seeing any hawks. You may see a few vultures or a few other kinds of raptors but I recommend you go with your hiking boots and enjoy the beautiful extensive trails and scenery.
  • Great place to hike. Main trails are pretty easy. Side trails require climbing over large rocks. Almost always see snakes soaking up the sun.
  • Great hiking trail running along the Appalachian Trail and River of Rocks. Some section is difficult to hike and challenges hikers with stiff climbs over big rocks. A pair of hiking shoes in good condition is a must. Great view and opportunities to catch a glimpse of hawk migration.
  • Great place to take hikes on the Appalachian Trail or stay on the Hawk Mountain trails. Well maintained. Love going there especially now with the migration of the Raptures.
  • A beautiful and challenging hiking trail. Some trails are easier than others. I took one of the more difficult ones that had lots of little rock "lakes" to cross. Not too difficult with gripping shoes and a good balance. Quite the fun adventure and will definitely go again.

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