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Duluth Hawks Ridge Scenic Lookout
Fall Color & Raptor Migration from Hawk Ridge, Duluth, Mn

Hawk Ridge Nature Preserve & Naturalist Programs

Located near the Northeast end of Duluth's skyline parkway, Hawk Ridge is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and hikers August through November. Raptor migration begins in August and accelerates when the weather begins to cool in September. The "Friends of Hawk Ridge" sponsor Hawk Weekend and daily naturalist programs in September and October.

Dates for the 2022 Hawk Weekend Festival are Sept 22 -25, 2022

Spring Raptor Migration Workshop/Field Trip - April 22 - 24, 2022

Hawk Ridge Raptor Viewing


< < < The main overlook is located along skyline parkway and requires no climbing or hiking.

Hawks Ridge Raptor Viewing


A Hawk's Ridge Volunteer calls out a raptor sighting

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Pictures below. Using high powered spotting scopes and a trained eye, a team of trained volunteers maintains the official raptor migratory bird count from an observation deck.

Hawks Ridge Official Observation DeckHawks Ridge Raptor Count

Hawk Weekend Demonstrations

Volunteers with the Friends of Hawk Ridge sponsor workshops, field trips, and demonstrations on raptors and raptor migration.

northeast of Fitzgers

< < < A volunteer naturalist shows off a Kestrel, a small falcon, also known as Sparrow Hawk. Three banded raptors were demonstrated and released the afternoon we were there. northeast of Fitzgers

Overhead is a just released and banded Broad-Winged Hawk.>>>

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Kids in the audience are given an opportunity to hold a small raptor before release.

Hawk Ridge Weekend


The Friends of Hawk Ridge booth offers merchandise and informative literature of interest to bird watchers.

northeast of Fitzgers

< < < The most birds are seen in September. October offers the most diversity and November features more Eagles and other Big Raptors. The picture to the left has a table showing the typical migration times of different raptors.

Hiking Trails on Hawk's Ridge

northeast of FitzgersMap of Hawk's Ridge Hiking Trails and spur trails that connect with the Superior Hiking Trail.

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Looking North and South from Hawk's Ridge Summit Ledges.

A scenic return trip back to the Duluth lakeshoreSeven Bridges Road, Amity Creek Waterfall

The normal entrance to Hawk's Ridge is via Skyline Drive. While many vehicles return along the same route, a nice alternative is to continue driving east connecting with Seven Bridges Road to return to Duluth proper that way. Go here for a map of this route and photos of four of the historic seven bridges. And you can see more photographs of this drive and its scenic bridges an an interesting website on the history of the Seven Bridges Parkway created by Mark Ryan.
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