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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Today was our third visit over the last 10 years to watch the migration. The hike to best viewing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gettysburg PA
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Great Hike and visit

The park cost $10 pp entry fee but well worth it. The park staff are helpful with hiking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leslie B
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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“birds of prey”(13 reviews)
“north lookout”(34 reviews)
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A 2,400-acre natural area that was the world's first refuge for raptors.
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1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529-9379
+1 610-756-6961
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Today was our third visit over the last 10 years to watch the migration. The hike to best viewing is semi-challenging for those like us who are over 60 but not impossible and there are easier stops to watch. It was chilly and very breezy...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The park cost $10 pp entry fee but well worth it. The park staff are helpful with hiking directions. We chose to do the full loop river of rocks trail to skyline trail. There were definitely strenuous parts especially after recent rain causing slippery rocks....More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful way to view birds of prey in flight. Visitor center has bird feeders set up and smaller song birds - and some humming birds - come to feed. Park staff is fantastic in pointing our raptors in flight. Some trails are...More

Thank joelaspina1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't see very many birds, but it was a nice day to sit outside. The path to the north outlook is moderately difficult. Wear good shoes. If you have flexibility, keep an eye on the weather conditions. The birds like to follow a front...More

Thank Suzanne R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have always wanted to come here and finally had a chance to view the migration. we were very grateful to the people on top of the north lookout sharing what they were spotting and where we should look. This was an incredible experience. The...More

Thank Traci D
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

I'm a local and we take this gem for granted. The view is absolutely breathtaking. People from all over the country and world come to watch the migration and take in the breathtaking views. There are multiple Trails for different hiking levels. Now why I'm...More

1  Thank Lavinia R
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

For anyone who enjoys trips to National Parks, Hawk Mountain is a hop, skip, and a jump from Philadelphia and offers all that most national parks do on a much smaller scale. You have breathtaking views, generally well-marked trails, and very helpful guides. Also like...More

2  Thank Phillyboy1234
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

A beautiful place to visit in any season. Take a leisurely walk or a serious hike on many trails. They do important conservation and educational work which deserves support.

1  Thank foodlovercocolo
Reviewed 5 July 2018

My wife and I had heard that this is a must-see place near Philadelphia, where we live, so we went on Independence Day. The weather forecast was 90s so we went early and found it a very nice hike. The trails brought us up 1500'...More

1  Thank Jopacca
Reviewed 19 June 2018

It's a beautiful drive to Hawk Mountain from I-78. We took the trip mid-day on a Sunday and there was good crowd at the parking lot. Tickets are a bit pricey for a family of 6. Our total price was $55. We took the North...More

2  Thank Norman P
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7 July 2017|
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Response from mdenson50 | Reviewed this property |
There are several lookouts, the easiest is the South Lookout, about 200 yards from the trail entrance. The next is the North Lookout (a moderate hike) which is the one to which I hiked and it took about 20 minutes. There is... More
3 November 2016|
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Response from Carson T | Reviewed this property |
Mid August - Broad-winged Hawks, American Kestrels, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp Shinned Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks - Continuing on for a few months in similar numbers and declining over a few weeks as... More
Elizabeth H
1 June 2016|
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Response from Linda A | Reviewed this property |
You should be ok as long as you are prepared for the heat. It is not that strenuous of a climb so you should be ok. August would not be much different. Be sure to have plenty of water. You might want to try the general... More