Watch migrating raptors soar at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world’s first refuge for birds of prey. From August through December, the Sanctuary is one of the best places in North America to view the annual hawk migration. As the birds make their way from northern states and Canada to warmer climates, they pass over Hawk Mountain. Expanding scientific research and international conservation training, has transformed the Sanctuary into an eco-tourism destination where visitors can hike over 12 miles of trails, and reach heights that provide astounding views of the Berks countryside. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary added a handicap accessible trail in 2015.
In addition to hiking and appreciating the nature that Berks County has to offer, visitors are also encouraged to visit the native plant garden where they can view the beautiful plants that are local to this area, stop at the pond to look for amphibians and turtle, and take pictures. Hawk Mountain is a perfect place to work on photography and binocular skills.
Whether you are coming Hawk Mountain as a well-season hiker or a novice, there will be plenty of trail options to fit your purpose. Hawk Mountain guides and experts both hold workshops and can be found along the trails to teach about birds of prey, migration, and nature. Included with your trail fee, attend one or several of the informative workshops that Hawk Mountain has to offer. Workshops cover binocular usage, identifying raptors, and trapping and tracking skills, as well as other special lectures and presentations. Hawk Mountain’s signature live raptor program, Raptor’s Up Close! Offers the chance to see live hawks and owls, and to learn what puts these winged predators at the top of nature’s food chain. Programs are appropriate for all ages and no registration is required.
Enjoy the beauty of Berks County!
Hours of Operation
Open Daily 9:00AM – 5:00PM
September – November
Open Daily 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Trails are closed for safety, November 30 and
December 1, the first day of deer season.
Thanksgiving Eve: Visitor Center closes at 1:00PM
Christmas Eve: Visitor Center closes at 1:00PM
New Year’s Eve: Visitor Center closes at 1:00PM
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary