Admission & Hours at Hawk Mountain


Hawk Mountain trails are open, but the Visitor Center is closed.  Visitor safety is always a priority. Always stay home if you feel ill. Masks are required. Be prepared to wear a mask at North Lookout if you feel you cannot social distance from others. Limited restrooms are available. Consider a weekday or return visit if the parking lot is full. 

Purchase a Trail Pass

Due to high visitation, we cannot guarantee parking on busy autumn weekends, even for those with an advance ticket. Please plan accordingly. If you arrive with a pre-paid ticket and parking is unavailable, we will provide you a complimentary return pass. We recommend arriving before 10 AM or visiting on a weekday for the best experience. 

To streamline trail admission, non-members must pay with exact cash or purchase an advance ticket and bring a printed copy of that ticket to the gate. Members, be ready to present your membership card.

Online tickets are sold by week and are posted about a month out. Please select the appropriate week, day, and ticket type at the link above.

Please carry hand sanitizer in your daypack along with water, snacks, and your other hawk-watching and hiking gear. Maintain social distance at all times and wear your mask in populated areas. Announce your presence if you want to pass. Carry out all trash. No pets allowed. Always enter at trailhead gate.

Trail Closure during Deer Hunting Season
For visitor safety, all trails are closed on Saturdays and the first Sunday of Pennsylvania's deer hunting season: All trails are closed Saturday, Nov 28, Sunday, Nov 29, Saturday Dec 5, and Saturday, Dec 12. All trails except the main Lookout Trail are closed Nov 28 through Dec 12. 

Hours of Operation
Trails are open daily, 8 AM - 5 PM.
Visitor Center temporarily closed.
No winter maintenance provided.


Trail Admission Fees and Procedure:

Proceed directly to trailhead gate. Wear a mask for entry.
Members: Show your membership card for quick admission.
Non-members: Purchase an online ticket here and show your printed receipt.
Non-members: Please pay with exact change:
Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $7
Children (6-12): $5
Children 5 and under: FREE
Members are always FREE

Please enter Hawk Mountain at the Trailhead Entrance
Hawk Mountain is a private, non-profit wildlife sanctuary and hiking is limited to designated trails. Admission fees and or membership dues support our raptor conservation mission, sanctuary stewardship, and trail maintenance. Hikers are asked to access the trail system from the trailhead entrance after paying admission or pay when exiting.

If using AllTrails or another hiking app to enter from an outside location, please exit through the front gate and pay the trail fee or purchase in advance using link above. Hikers that access our trail system that are not members and have not paid a trail fee are trespassing and may be fined. 


Hiking Etiquette

Protect Others
Do not visit if you feel ill.
Wear a mask. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you.
Uphill hiker has the right-of-way; step aside and allow others to pass.
Announce your presence when passing from behind.

Protect Yourself
Consider a return visit if the parking lot appears crowded.
Remain at least six feet from non-family members.
If an overlook appears crowded, continue to another.
Do not gather with others from outside your household.

Be Prepared
Carry a daypack with sanitizer, water, and snacks.
Bring a mask and use it upon entry and when encountering other family groups.
Carry out all trash. No pets are allowed on the Sanctuary.
Restrooms are limited and cleaned twice each day.

Enjoy Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Don’t forget your binoculars and camera.
Enjoy the big views and watch for soaring raptors.
Use the space at North Lookout to spread out.

Attention: We do not offer public transportation to or from the Sanctuary.


Questions or concerns? Call us at 610-756-6961.

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Hawk Mountain is not a state or federal park, but a non-profit with a raptor conservation mission. All trail fees and membership dues support our raptor conservation mission, including critically needed scientific research, international training, and public education programs, and also help to maintain the Sanctuary.

Please follow all Sanctuary guidelines! 

Rules & Regulations