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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a wild bird sanctuary in Albany Township and East Brunswick Township, located along the Appalachian flyway in eastern Pennsylvania. The sanctuary is a prime location for the viewing of kettling and migrating raptors, known as hawkwatching, with an average of 20,000 hawks, eagles and falcons passing the lookouts during the late summer and fall every year. The birds are identified and counted by staff and volunteers to produce annual counts of migrating raptors that represent the world's longest record of raptor populations. These counts have provided conservationists with valuable information on changes in raptor numbers in North America.

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2022.
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  • If you like getting out in the woods, bird watching, semi-strenuous exercise, or simply getting away from your computer, this is the place to come. The sanctuary is beautiful. The staff are very... 
    If you like getting out in the woods, bird watching, semi-strenuous exercise, or simply getting away from your computer, this is the place to come. The sanctuary is beautiful. The staff are very...  more »
  • Beautifully kept raptor sanctuary with lots of cleared trails and educational opportunities to learn about raptors throughout the park. There was a huge line of cars into and out of the park so give.....  more
    Beautifully kept raptor sanctuary with lots of cleared trails and educational opportunities to learn about raptors throughout the park. There was a huge line of cars into and out of the park so give.....  more »
  • We had a wonderful day on the well marked trails of Hawk Mountain. There were guides at numerous locations to ask about birding or the sanctuary. Terrific trails for everyone from children, the... 
    We had a wonderful day on the well marked trails of Hawk Mountain. There were guides at numerous locations to ask about birding or the sanctuary. Terrific trails for everyone from children, the...  more »
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  • Great hiking for all skill levels. Beautiful views and lots of big birds flying around, which was cool. Plenty of trails so there is a lot to explore. Most of the trails have great tree coverage so your sun exposure is minimized, if that's what you want. Definitely worth the trip, will absolutely go again.
  • I go to Hawk Mountain very regularly to hike, and enjoy the views. It’s also a peaceful place to meditate if you can catch a good day with not many people there. Off season time is best to go and won’t be so crowded. In the summer time a lot of kids school trips and crowds come. There are beautiful benches and designated areas you can sit to enjoy the view. It’s so quiet and peaceful on your own. Great spot for photos and a little adventure. The whole trail is a lot of hiking to be mindful of where you are and where you want to go before sun goes down.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Hawk Mountain. The visitor center has a lot of information about the history of the Mountain and the migration of the birds you will see while visiting. We hiked the River of Rocks trail then up the Golden Eagle trail to to Skyline trail to the overlooks. Skyline trail is rugged hiking, for experienced hikers only. The trails are well marked and well maintained. The Vistas are gorgeous. We plan to return to watch the migration. Tryely a wonderful place to spend a day.
  • Hawk mountain there’s always a great hike. Visit it again last week sometime in December it was it was warm for the day and my son took a half a day to go enjoy the beautiful views. I can’t wait for the spring time so we can take an all day trip and hit all the trails even down to the river of rocks. The hike is very easy I believe to get to the top north look out and the views I just breathtaking of the scenery below and just sitting there and taking some time to enjoy the moments of peace silence and solitude are overwhelming. Take some time to check the trails at hawk mountain with the kids and family and enjoy a nice day hiking.
  • This is a must visit and enjoy place for all nature and bird lovers. We went in late October and admired the foliage. If you are interested in migration I’d check the website for Migration schedule and take binoculars. The hike to the top is more abrupt and Rocky than I imagined. Hiking boots and a walking stick help. We participated in a one hour presentation about migration and learned a lot about the unique qualities and the importance of raptors ( birds of prey) for the environment. A great place to visit with kids!

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