Audubon Pennsylvania’s

Hawk Watch


Waggoner’s Gap



Audubon Hawk Watch at Waggoner's Gap SignDirections to the parking lot


 From the east: On I-81 S take the Middlesex exit (exit 52)  and turn right on Rt. 11S toward Carlisle. Go through the truckstops to the Carlisle turnpike exchange where we pick up all Pa Turnpike travelers. Continue south on Rt. 11 for 1.5 miles to a traffic light at Wolf Bridge Rd. Turn right. Follow Wolf Bridge Rd 2.5 miles to a stop sign at PA Rt.  34. Turn right and go .4 miles to a left turn on PA Rt.  944 W. Go 5 miles to a stop sign at the intersection with Pa Rt.  74. Turn right and go 2 miles up the mountain, being careful on the 90 degree turns. The parking lot is 200 yards beyond the crest on the right. Sign - Waggoner's Gap 1,476 feet

From Baltimore: Travel north on I83. Either take the Pa Turnpike west from Exit 18 or turn off I-83 onto I 581 W to I 81 S a mile beyond the Turnpike. Then follow the above.

From D.C.: Take Rt. 15N past Gettysburg to Pa Rt. 74N at Dillsburg. Follow Rt. 74 N through Carlisle to the mountain.

From Winchester, VA: Take I 81N to exit 47A in Carlisle. Turn left on Pa Rt. 34N. Go to the square in Carlisle and turn left onto Pa Rt. 74 N. Follow 74 N to the parking lot  (Be careful following signs, there are two turns that can be tricky)

The Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch can be reached by walking up a rock trail from the parking lot on the north side of the Kittatinny Ridge. The parking lot is off PA Route 74, about 6 miles NW of Carlisle, Pa.

Trail to the lookouts

The trail leaves the oval parking lot at the right hand (uphill) side. After approx. 100 yards it splits, but both forks lead to the lookout. The right hand trail is less steep but longer. The lookout is an angled rock pile. Bring a cushion to sit on and warmer clothing than you think you might need. There is very limited space for chairs of any sort and that space is claimed very early in the day. There is a porta-potti in the parking lot. The parking lot is gated and unlocked by the counter for the day. The gate will remain locked over night and during inclement weather when no watch is being conducted.    




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