Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
RR 2, Box 191
1700 Hawk Mountain Road
Kempton, PA 19529-9449
(610) 756-6961

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Hawk Mountain was the world's first refuge created to protect birds of prey. Founded in 1934 by conservationist Rosalie Edge, the Sanctuary has been an outstanding environmental resource ever since. The President's Council on Environmental Quality has hailed Hawk Mountain as a "striking example of the role of private initiative in wildlife conservation." In 1987 Hawk Mountain received the prestigious Chevron Conservation Award.

This 2,226-acre sanctuary (70% is reserved for research and undisturbed habitat) in the Appalachians offers outstanding opportunities for nature lovers, conservationists, and others studying the natural sciences. The highlands are dominated by an oak-maple forest with scatterings of rhododendron, laurel and hemlock. A number of trails are available for hikers, including a challenging 3½-mile loop to the River of Rocks, a preglacial boulder field on the valley floor. Access to the Appalachian Trail is via the North Lookout.

The North Lookout features a 200-degree panorama of the Mountains, and it is relatively easily accessible by a ¾-mile trail. Between August 15 and December 15 an average of 20,000 hawks, eagles and falcons pass over this point, making it a popular place for bird watchers, and photographers.

The Sanctuary includes a Visitor Center with a museum on birds of prey, an art gallery, and a bookstore. Facilities also include an outdoor amphitheater, classroom, and an historic 18th century building.

A wide variety of classes and programs are available for individuals and families in spring and fall. Weekend Naturalist Programs feature live birds of prey and Guided Walks. Classes emphasize nature events and the flora and fauna native to the central Appalachians. The Fall Lecture Series features distinguished naturalists and scientists.

School Groups of all ages can enjoy Guided Hikes, and instruction on raptors and Appalachian ecology. And Teachers can participate in one or more of the many scheduled Workshops. Individual students can receive continuing education and college courses, as well as a great internship program.

The above services, combined with the vital research performed by Hawk Mountain, makes this one of the most vital environmental resources in the nation.

Hours: Trails open every day from dawn to dusk. Visitor Center 9 - 5 daily (opens at 8 Sept. - Nov.). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. There are some trail closures during hunting season. Call for details or visit the official website linke above.
Trail Fees:
Adults $6.00
Seniors $5.00
Children 6 - 12 $3.00
Members FREE
Autumn weekends and national holidays:
Adults $8.00
Children 6 - 12 $4.00
Groups: Call for costs of various programs and guided hikes (very reasonable).
Group Reservations: At least 1 week in advance. Longer in October when visitation is highest.
Lunch: Bagged lunch may be eaten at lookouts or amphitheater. No eating on trails.
Handicapped Access: Not accessible.
Directions: I-76 West to I-176 North to Reading, to Rt. 61 North. Several miles after passing I-78 bear right onto Rt. 895. Follow signs. 90 - 120 minutes northwest of Philadelphia

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