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Raptor Migration at Hawk Mountain

Join us to see eagles, hawks, and falcons migrating through Hawk Mountain. Hawk Mountain is part of the Kittatinny Ridge or Blue Mountain, the prominent, southeastern most Appalachian ridge in the Ridge-and-Valley Province.

From Hawk Mountain's Website:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is one of the best places the northeastern United States to watch the annual hawk migration, one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Between August 15 and December 15, an average 20,000 hawks, eagles and falcons pass the Sanctuary's North Lookout and are identified and counted.

The date for this event was selected based on the peak bald eagle migration from 60 years of collected data. The meeting time of 10AM is 10AM at Hawk Mountain, plan accordingly if you want to meet with the group.

This Meetup is being set up well in advance to get an idea of how many people will be going. Hawk Mountain prefers that groups register ahead and may turn away groups on certain weekends. If you are interested in going, sign up now (there is no charge for signing up).

Also it is important to note that hiking is required to get to the observation point. Take a look at the picture at (from Hawk Mountain's website) to help you decide if you should go or not. It is a one mile hike to the north lookout.

Hawk Mountain charges $8 for admission. However, our group will be pre-registered and will receive a discount. Therefore the cost is $7. There is one catch, it must be paid for as a group (lump sum at time of visit). I will collect the money prior to this event at Hawk Mountain. However, those planning on paying at Hawk mountain must arrive on-time in order to receive the discount. There are no parking, camera, or tripod fees.

Hawk Mountain is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Lancaster.

Kids are welcome. Please check out Hawk Mountain's website when considering bringing children.

More information can be found at


Carpool Information:

Arrive: 8:30AM - Depart 8:45AM
Where: AC Moore 
1515 Lititz Pike 
Lancaster, PA 17601

If you are carpooling, remember to split the cost of the trip.


Bring a lunch to have at the lookout point! As always bring water.

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  • Gary Edmiston- H.

    Are there any car pools open?

    September 27, 2013

  • Mike B.

    In the past this has been a free form event. Some people travel by themselves, others in groups. It is up to you. Usually everyone takes the Lookout trail to the North Lockout. Our last trip there was very little happening (anything worth photographing anyway) at the North Lookout. However, a few people stopped at the South Lookout and got some great shots. The South Lookout is off the Lookout trail (go figure).
    When you leave is entirely up to you. Some people go out to lunch after the event, some go home. However it is important that you show up on time, if you want the discount.

    September 26, 2013

  • Rob W.

    Do you about what time we can expect to be back in Lancaster? Also - which trail will we be taking?

    September 23, 2013

  • Ken B.

    I called yesterday and we have the group rate of $7.00 each and as a self-guided group. Info on the trails can be found at:

    September 14, 2013

  • Ken B.

    Rob, thanks for bringing this up and it does state in the description of the event that there is a mile hike to the area of the Raptors and a link for people to check out the trail.

    September 9, 2013

  • Rob W.

    I heard a rumor that there is about a mile hike from the car parking area to the place we would be using to photograph the raptors. Is that true? That isn't too far, but it might be good to let people know they will also be taking a small hike.

    September 9, 2013

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