Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton

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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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  • What a nice day of hiking on well marked, we'll maintained trails. Restrooms are available at the bottom and the top of the mountain. the views are lovely. The terrain towards the top is Rocky. Bring hiking shoes or sneakers. You might see Hawks, you might see Eagles. You will definitely see views of the valley below.
  • I go to Hawk Mountain a couple times a year. It has a great variety of trails for a lot of different experience levels. The main trail (North Lookout trail) is relatively easy, though does require some light climbing. I've seen people bring infants and strollers on this trail and I'm not really sure how they do, it's difficult enough that you couldn't reach the lookout point with a stroller unless there's an alternate path I'm not aware of. The staff are all very knowledgeable about the area and they do talks at different times about the birds that are interesting for kids and adults. It's a shame you can't bring dogs, but the staff can direct you to a connection to the Appalachian Trail a mile or so down the road that you can take dogs. It doesn't have the spectacular lookouts that the Hawk Mountain trails do, but from what I've explored of that part of the AT it's beautiful in its own way. A great day trip get some exercise in, see some stunning views, and maybe have a little picnic at the top of the lookout with friends or family. It is bouldery at the top so you can't exactly spread out a blanket, but it's fun to sit on the rocks and eat some snacks and just appreciate the view of the entire valley.
  • 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.
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