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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

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A Must-Stop Spot During Fall Migration

Set in the bluffs overlooking the north shore of Lake Superior, this scenic overlook is best known... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
Amazing place

This is the site of the migration of thousands of birds each fall. It is a truly remarkable place... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
St. Paul, MN
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Skyline Parkway, Main Overlook, Duluth, MN 55803-3006
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in the bluffs overlooking the north shore of Lake Superior, this scenic overlook is best known as THE spot to watch birds flying south on their autumnal migration. Every day during this time there are bird-spotters hunkered down here to count the birds: raptors,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

This was not bad. It had interesting facts and places to roam around. Kids did not find it to be that great

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is the site of the migration of thousands of birds each fall. It is a truly remarkable place to experience the fascinating world of birds and humans, and there is to learn. And you can't beat the beauty of the site.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We visited this area hoping to see some raptors. When we got there, we got into a conversation with one of the staff members, and he was so very interesting. He took time to talk with us and answer our many questions. It was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

An experienced Hawk Ridge volunteer with excellent vision announced raptors and explained details for the observers. This is a top world class migratory birding venue and birders travel from around the U.S and the world to experience this migratory site. Venue: well behaved pet and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

I was there during the fall migration and we saw hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks, as well as Bald Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Osprey, American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, and a Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shannon M
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We hiked for several hours through the woods at Hawk Ridge. I enjoyed the trails and relative isolation. The views of the lake over Duluth are fantastic, and if you only stop for that, it's worth the visit. However, delving into the north woods trails...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

I guess we hit a great morning, saw scores of sharp shinned hawks as well as eagles, broad wing hawks and turkey vultures. Very cool scene and view point.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael W
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The right time of year you can see plenty of hawks and neat informative presentations. The "wrong" time of you can hike, bike or just have some amazing views of the surrounding area. Still amazing.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank WidthAdventures
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Went birding on a Tuesday in July. Pretty good bird activity early until around 10. One concern was that some of the trails were very overgrown. When I got home I was soaked and had 5 ticks.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Rebecca W
16 October 2017|
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Response from scubadiver3612 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it should still be great hiking weather but you will probably miss most of the Fall colors.