GETTING THERE: Hawk Mountain is in eastern Pennsylvania about three hours from Washington. From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), take I-83 north to I-81 at Harrisburg, Pa. Follow I-81 north to I-78 east; take Exit 29B onto Route 61 toward Pottsville. Hawk Mountain is off Route 895 in Kempton.
HAWK MOUNTAIN: The visitor center at Hawk Mountain (1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton, 610-756-6000, www.hawkmountain.org) is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9 to 5 after Nov. 30. Admission to the trail is $7 for adults on weekends and holidays from September through November, $5 all other times; kids ages 6-12, $3; 5 and under, free. Seven different free information sessions on raptor migration are offered on fall weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interpreters are stationed at the North and South Lookouts daily throughout the season. The wheelchair-accessible South Lookout is an easy 300-yard walk; other trails are rocky and more challenging. Bring a day pack with food and water (the visitor center sells packaged snacks and sandwiches) and binoculars (or rent them here for $10 a day, including a $5 deposit).
STAYING THERE: There's no camping on Hawk Mountain, but Blue Rocks Family Campground is nearby (Route 143, Lenhartsville, 610-756-6366, www.bluerockscampground.com) with cabins from $40 per night, double occupancy, and tents from $22. We chose the plain-vanilla Quality Inn & Suites (100 South Centre St., Pottsville, 570-622-4600), a 30-minute drive northwest of Hawk Mountain. Double rooms start at $90. Homier options include the Hawk Mountain B&B (221 Stony Run Valley Rd., Kempton, 610-756-4224, www.hawkmountainbb.com), with doubles from $125 with breakfast. Glasbern (2141 Pack Run Rd., Fogelsville, 610-285-4723, www.glasbern.com), a deluxe 36-room inn about 15 miles away, offers rooms, suites and a cottage on 200 acres; rooms run from $233 on weekends, including breakfast.
EATING THERE: Michael B's (1596 Centre Turnpike, Orwigsburg, 570-366-8655; dinner daily, lunch Saturday and Sunday) is a casual, family-friendly roadhouse on Route 61. Dinner for two with drinks and tip runs about $40. Also on Route 61 is the Port Clinton Hotel (231 Centre St., Port Clinton, 888-562-2626, www.portclintonhotel.net), which offers lunch and dinner in a historic inn, with entrees from $7.95 to $21.95. Locals recommend the 3 C's Restaurant (2212 Centre Turnpike, Port Clinton, 610-562-5925) for breakfast all day; a meal for two runs $10 or under.
INFO: Reading and Berks County Visitors Bureau, 800-443-6610, www.readingberkspa.com