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Hawk Mountain

Delaware + Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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  • The Silhouette Trail, which is ADA accessible, leads to the South Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • One of many helpful trail markers showcasing the possible trails.- Hawk Mountain
  • The view from South Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • Watch where you walk; large and intricate spider webs dot the trail.- Hawk Mountain
  • The summit of North Lookout is marked by spray paint.- Hawk Mountain
  • The marker for Skyline Trail at the North Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • Birds fly above East Rocks Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • A bird silhouetted above East Rocks.- Hawk Mountain
  • The sheer number of birds and their proximity is incredible.- Hawk Mountain
  • A bird silhouetted above East Rocks.- Hawk Mountain
  • A black vulture sits on the rocks just past East Rocks Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • The East Rocks Lookout.- Hawk Mountain
  • The trail marker for the second branch of the River-of-Rocks Trail.- Hawk Mountain
  • Some interestingly colored mushrooms dot the trail.- Hawk Mountain
  • More interesting mushrooms!- Hawk Mountain
  • - Hawk Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible birdwatching. Big views. Unique geology. Great fall colors.
Cons: 
Crowds year round.
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Region:
Delaware + Lehigh Valley, PA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hawk Mountain is a hidden gem in Pennsylvania. This private nature sanctuary provides fantastic vistas of the surrounding area and some of the best birdwatching in the state. On a good day, there are dozens of species of birds of prey to see, from golden eagles to broad-shouldered hawks.

The first viewpoint, South Lookout, is up an ADA-accessible trail that is wonderfully groomed and well maintained. Here, viewers sit at 1,280 feet and have great views of the area.

The best spots to watch for birds and enjoy the quiet valley are on the Skyline Trail. Follow the Lookout Trail for 1 mile, ascending to the North Lookout, and take in the huge views. This is a crowded spot, and it doesn't provide the best place to watch for birds. From here, take the Skyline Trail, making sure to stop at the various viewpoints, most notably East Rocks. The beginning of Skyline Trail is treacherous; it is a steep scramble down the face of North Lookout. Make sure to wear proper shoes and keep your hands free as you go.

Continue down the trail to the best spot in the sanctuary, East Rocks. East Rocks is usually devoid of other visitors, and it is the best-kept secret of the park. Birds will fly overhead, often circling to check you out. Sit in silence and take in the breathtaking spectacle. Listen closely to hear the occasional flapping of the birds' wings, which is astonishing.

Continue to the Golden Eagle Trail and descend into the woods. At the second trail marker for the River-of-Rocks Trail, switch over and follow the aptly named River of Rocks, a giant boulder field with a subterranean stream caused by glacial movements thousands of years ago, back to South Lookout.

This loop is about 5.5 miles and ascends about 600 feet. Count on it taking three to four hours to complete, including the time to admire the views and the birds. There is a $9 trail fee for non-members of the sanctuary. Members can visit for free!

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