COVID-19 UPDATE: The Harris Center building will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our trails and grounds remain open.

Visiting the Hawk Watch

Plan Your Visit

Visitors are most welcome at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory! Here’s what you need to know to plan your trip:

Dates & Timing

Weather permitting, the Observatory is staffed every day from Sept. 1 through Nov. 20. Peak hawk migration runs from mid-September through mid-October, but raptors move through in the early- and late-season as well. The migration is most pronounced on northwest winds, especially on the several days following the passage of a cold front.

Location & Parking

The Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory is located within Miller State Park, near the summit of Pack Monadnock Mountain in Peterborough, NH.  Access is via Miller Park Road, off Route 101. The closest parking is the small lot at the summit of Pack Monadnock (0.2 miles from the Observatory platform). Visitors can also park in the large lot at the base of the mountain, and hike to the summit via the Auto Road (1.3 miles one-way), the Marion Davis Trail (1.4 miles one-way), or the Wapack Trail (approx. 1.6 miles one-way).

New in 2020: Visitors hoping to view the migration from Pack Monadnock this season should be aware that an online reservation system is now in place and that reservations are required by all visitors to enter the park. For more information on fees and reservations, please visit the Miller State Park website.

Accessibility

The observation area and 0.2-mile trail from the summit parking area to the Observatory are both ADA-accessible.

Contact Us

For more information on the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory or to volunteer, please contact Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown.