Rules & Regulations

Part of the Lookout Trail up to the North Lookout
  • No firearms on the Sanctuary.
  • No pets including small pets on leashes. You can walk your leashed pet on the Appalachian Trail, only 1 1/2 miles east of the visitors center on Hawk Mountain Rd. Look for the AT sign on the side of the road.
  • No smoking, radios, alcohol, bikes, drones, camping or fires.
  • Please set your cell phone to vibrate, and avoid distracting phone conversations at the lookouts and trails.
  • Hawk Mountain is a carry-in, carry-out facility. There are NO trash cans, so carry any snacks or lunch and bring a bag to carry-out your debris.
  • Leave no trace: Never remove anything from the Sanctuary, including plants, leaves, sticks and even rocks. The Mountain's fragile ecology depends on YOU. Please help us to protect Hawk Mountain for future visitors and for wildlife.
  • Trails close at dusk, so be sure to allow enough time to return to your vehicle.
  • Please remain on the trails at all times. This protects you as well as the forest habitat.
  • Never cross safety rails or enter restricted areas. Rails are for your safety, or to protect sensitive scientific research plots.
  • Be courteous of other hikers. Keep voices low on trails and lookouts, and if you are leading a youth or student group, remind them to "Whisper in the Wild."
  • Immediately report any first-aid emergencies to the Visitor Center staff.
    Here, we have a fully-equipped, self-service first-aid area where you may self-administer any minor cuts and bruises. If you are on the trail, alert a volunteer, staff person or intern, who will have a basic first-aid kit or can obtain one quickly.
  • Employees cannot offer transportation for any visitor. Please have transportation sorted before your visit.