If you’re looking for directions to the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch in Mifflin County, you’re in the right place!
Located in the Rothrock State Forest near the Mifflin-Huntingdon County line, the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch is a scenic overlook with a purpose.
Used by birding enthusiasts to monitor fall hawk migrations, this is also a popular scenic overlook, with stellar views in all directions.
How to Find the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch
The Stone Mountain Hawk Watch is located approximately a third of a mile from a parking area along Allensville Road, a windy but well-maintained gravel road in Rothrock State Forest.
If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.56904, -77.82863 to find the parking area.
If you’re approaching from the Huntingdon County side of the mountain, you’ll be treated to some amazing views just before you reach the parking area.
This Allensville Road vista gives you a panoramic western view, and there is room to pull off the road to take in the scene.
Or you can simply proceed another 100 yards up the road, park in the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch parking area, then walk back down to the vista.
Hiking to the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch
The 0.3 mile hike to the hawk watch platform utilizes the orange-blazed Standing Stone Trail.
The trailhead is located at the back western corner of the parking area.
A kiosk near the trailhead shares, among other information, the most recent year’s migration observation totals.
Follow the relatively flat-but-rocky trail for a third of a mile until you come to the hawk watch sign, where you’ll veer off the trail and up a slight incline to the hawk watch platform itself (GPS coordinates 40.57163, -77.82650).
Views from the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch
The Stone Mountain Hawk Watch offers fantastic views in nearly every direction.
To the east you are looking into the Big Valley region of Mifflin County, home to many farms.
To the west, you are looking at vast swaths of the Rothrock State Forest.
To the south, you’re looking back down the Standing Stone Trail in the direction of the parking area.
Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the views at the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch , you can simply retrace your steps back to Allensville Road.
Or you can continue north on the Standing Stone Trail another 0.4 miles to Sausser’s Stone Pile, an incredible rock formation and scenic overlook in its own right.
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