Visitor Guides


A Crossroads for Naturalists


Hawk Mountain is a destination for first-time visitors and seasoned nature enthusiasts. Whether you’re out for a short stroll, an afternoon hike, or here to view the raptor migration at our famous North Lookout, the Sanctuary offers camaraderie and kinship for individuals of all ages.

A Hawk Mountain membership allows you access to all that the Sanctuary has to offer, include special education programs, Hawk Mountain News, and bookstore discounts. Join as a member today.

Before you go, check out our updated QR Code Trail Guide that can supplement your hike to North Lookout with information about the Sanctuary and its cultural and natural history. 

Tips for a Day Trip

Photo by Mary Scott. Springtime view overlooking River of Rocks

• If you plan on spending the day, be sure to bring a daypack with water, lunch, snacks, binoculars and something soft to sit on
• There are picnic tables available in the parking area and amphitheater, however; we encourage you to enjoy your lunch at one of the rocky lookouts with a breathtaking view. 
• Sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes are a MUST, parts of the trails are very rocky
• View the trail map and review the Sanctuary’s rules and regulations prior to your arrival
• When you first arrive, stop in at the Visitor Center to pay trail admission, orient yourself to the Sanctuary, view the exhibits and pick-up a trail map.
• Once you’re on the trails, stop at South Lookout to orient yourself with the landscape
• In spring or autumn, plan to take in a free weekend program, such as Raptors Up Close, Birding with Binoculars or tour the Native Plant Garden.
• During spring and autumn weekends staff, interns, and volunteers are stationed at lookouts to answer questions and interpret the migration.
• Most importantly, enjoy your day! 

Cozen O'Connor