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One Tank Trip: Fall foliage at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

By Karin Mallett, Anchor / Reporter, KMallett@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 16 2013 03:51:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 05:05:49 PM CDT

Pennsylvania is showing off its bright side.

ALBANY TWP., Pa. -

Pennsylvania is showing off its bright side.

This is the time of year to catch the changing of the leaves, and the view from Hawk Mountain Santuary, just outside Kempton, Berks Co., will not disappoint.

The first lookout is about 1,200 feet up, but as Shaelyn Marino, a seasonal educator, pointed out, "most of the climb is done in your car, thankfully."

Sensible shoes should get you to the outlooks along the trail to the north. You'll see views of the Lehigh Valley, and on a clear day, you can see Allentown and Bethlehem.

"The color changes literally overnight. You can feel the air changing in the morning," Marino said. "It's exciting to get up here and see how the leaves have changed."

There are trails below if you want to immerse yourself in the forest floor.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources puts peak color for Hawk Mountain starting this weekend through next week. This is also peak of sharp shinned hawk migration.

"My favorite part of the job is when I get to look at a bird flying below the lookout and really see these soaring birds migrating through and I'm able to just watch them from above," Marino said.