Audubon Hawk Watch at Waggoner's Gap

Carlisle, PA
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

The trails at Hawk Watch are short and easy to navigate by following the colored bird shaped blazes. The shortest trail is the Songbird Trail (yellow blazes) and is roughly a half mile loop up to the outcrop and back. There is a 180 degree vista of Cumberland Valley that provides some amazing views and great bird watching.

Waggoner’s Gap has one of the largest concentrations of raptors in the U.S., with 15,000 to 20,000 raptors passing through every year. It is one of the best sites along the Kittatinny Ridge to see Golden Eagles, Sharp-shinned, Broad-winged, Cooper’s, and Red-tailed hawks; Northern Harriers; Turkey and Black vultures; and Bald and Golden eagles.

*The outcrop consists of tumbled boulders so proper footwear is recommended. Be prepared for conditions that are typically cooler and windier than in the Valley.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Viewpoint and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 4.5/5]

Homeschooling Mama, Vegetable Gardener, Animal Lover, Photographer, Hiker, Kayaker, Outdoor Enthusiast.

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