Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

2,600 acres — 9.0 miles of trails

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Tips and quirks

  • The weather makes a huge difference in your enjoyment of Hawk Mountain. Relatively windless days—like the day I chose for my visit—produce few raptor sightings. Apparently, the birds need a breeze to stay airborne. According to the Sanctuary weather website (which I clearly should have checked ahead of time), “cold fronts, which are often accompanied by northwesterly winds and followed by cold, fair weather, produce some of the best hawk flights. Visitors are encouraged to call the Info Line at 610-756-6000 x6 after 6 pm to hear the day’s hawk flight, a weather report, and a prediction for the next day’s flight.”

Last updated: December 30, 2018