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The view from North Lookout.


A migration watchpoint atop the Kittatinny Ridge in eastern Pennsylvania, famous for its autumn passage of raptors.


Notable Species

Raptors traveling past Hawk Mountain between September and December include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, and American Kestrel.


Mississippi Kite (5 records), Swallow-tailed Kite, Gyrfalcon, and Swainson's Hawk at least 2 or 3 times at Hawk Mountain.


Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

Photo by MLoyko
Kettle View Lookout, Hawk Mountain

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

Two main lookouts. South Lookout a short walk from the Visitor Center. North Lookout, the main viewing point, is a mile distant from the Visitor Center.

Access and Facilities

Hawk Mountain is located near Drehersville in northern Berks County, about four miles off PA Route 895. The sanctuary is easily accessible from Interstate 78.

The Appalachian Trail passes through the sanctuary.

Contact Details

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External Links

Content and images originally posted by kindred spirit


kindred spirit's review A knowlegable staff make sure that even inexperienced birdwatchers can enjoy their day at Hawk Mt. Spotters pick up the birds and report their location and what they are. They will assist in ID tips as well. Dress warmly and bring a cushion. I would suggest going during the week as weekends tend to be crowded. I saw my first Bald and Golden Eagles here! There are great hiking trails too! Pros

  • great to see migrating hawks
  • song birds and waterfowl in fall. Also lots of migrating warblers in May.


  • Must hike in 1 mile over rough terrain to get to North Lookout
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  • the South Lookout is handicapped accessable.