Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton

#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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  • Visited strictly for Eagle Day and will definitely be returning to enjoy all the sanctuary has to offer. Beautiful scenery and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful.  more »
  • Wow. What an awesome place. Scenery spectacular, knowlegable staff and views of landscape perfect. Trails are well marked and vary to suit all ages. Definitively worth a visit in the fall during the a...  more »
  • First time visiting. It was unusually warm and the warm air lifts the raptors higher, so we saw only a red tail and vultures. The guides were very helpful directing you where to look and binoculars al...  more »
  • This entire facility is well run, well maintained and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly people. The trails are all well blazed and have plenty of lookouts or destinations. At least one trail is ADA compliant to the first lookout. The AT runs along one boundary and can be included on some of the longer hikes. The educational presentations are really well done. Very kid friendly.
  • Beautiful views all year long. Hiking trails for beginners to seasoned hikers. Great for learning about various birds and animals. Helpful guides. Worth visiting! ♡♡♡
  • Fantastic place to visit. Plenty of information at the visitors center, only a short walk to the South Lookout, which is impressive. Then there are a series of well marked trails, of varying difficulty, to enjoy. Lots and lots of rock hopping! Not good at all for people with mobility issues (past the South lookout,) The staff was knowledgeable and helped us spy raptors migrating.There is a "trail fee" of $9 per adult. I thought it was worth it for the education and well marked and kept trails. They are privately owned and don't receive money from the government to operate.
  • Great place to the family. Lots of nature, hiking and education. Be prepared to do some hiking though, bring the proper shoes and lots of water. The outlooks are beautiful especially the north point which is where they most hawk watching seems to go on. There's river of rocks trails for those who like a challenge or want to sweat.
  • The park offers some of the best vistas in eastern PA available to the public. It is a great day trip for those that live within a three hour drive. More than that and it isn't worth it. There wasn't much wildlife when I went in late May. The forests were dead silent, almost eerly so. Seeing the Hawks and other birds of prey, as well as the views made it worth it.

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