Photo by R. Davis

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Tower: 37° 30' 16.1388" north (37.504483)     080° 27' 10.5618" west (-80.452934)
Parking Lot: 37
° 30' 35.5572" north (37.509877)     080° 26' 16.9404" west (-80.438039)
Monroe County, West Virginia
Elevation 3812 feet

 
Since 1952, Hanging Rock has been a monitoring point for hawk, eagle, falcon, and osprey migration along the birds' eastern route.

 

 

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 Monroe County Video
  2016 Fall Count

Data posted through 9-23

Aerial Photos of the tower Past 3000 birds on September 23


 

Raptor Day at Hanging Rock set for September 24
 

In recognition of International Hawk Migration Week local hawk watching enthusiasts are hosting a special event at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory Saturday September 24, 2016 beginning at 10 am.

Experienced hawk watchers will be on hand to help you learn how to identify raptors in flight and share their knowledge of these magnificent birds of prey. Also Three Rivers Avian Center will be on hand to display and answer questions with four of their non-releasable educational birds. They will include Regis an adult bald eagle, a hawk, an owl, and a peregrine falcon. You’re sure to see at least four raptors close up and hopefully many more passing by in flight.

Each fall since 1952 volunteers have recorded and observed thousands of migrating raptors at Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory atop Peters Mountain near the community of Gap Mills, West Virginia. The largest concentration of raptors migrating past Hanging Rock Observatory generally occurs near this time in September, where often more than a thousand per day are observed and recorded. This data is then forwarded to The Hawk Migration Association of North America to be used in their studies.

There are no fees or charges for this event.
If you have any questions contact info@hangingrocktower.org

 

The visitors log for 2013 showed we had over 2000 people make the trip up the hill during the mid-August through December count season. 36 states and DC were listed. We also had visitors from 16 foreign countries. West Virginia led with 111 place names, next came Virginia with 69, then Ohio (18) and Florida (14). Check to see if your town is represented. 2013 Log

 

The LocalsPhoto by Brian Hirt
With information gathered by volunteers on Jim Phillips' annual eagle surveys, and numerous other reported sightings, it is evident we have a thriving eagle population in southern West Virginia. Photo submissions by Brian Hirt, Shawn & Bobbi McClung, Nancy Ford, and Jeff Hajenga.
Updated 3/18/2012

Panoramic photo taken by Sharyn Ogden


Raptor photos taken at Hanging Rock.   Photo by David Hypes

The results of the 2014 eagle survey for southern West Virginia are posted. 98 volunteers located 29 bald and 6 golden eagles.

 

  Planning your first trip to the tower? Here are some things you need to know.

Welcome Welcome to Hanging Rock

History ... Brief history of Hanging Rock with articles written by George Hurley and Doug Wood

 

Learning Section / Raptor Identification ... This section now contains over 400 photos of the 17 species listed. Now with calls for 14 species.

Main Photo Page   
Photo by Brian Hirt  Sunrise at Hanging Rock taken by Brian Hirt

Photos of the original tower structure as it was in 1952 submitted by Jack Flouer have been added to the Main Photo Page
 

Photo by Rodney Davis

 Photos from 2016
 
 Updated 09/23/16

  

 

     

 

Photos from:

2000  2001 2002

2003

2004

2005

2006   2007 2008

 2009

2010

2011

2012 2013 2014

2015

   
Photo by Dale Porter Latest submission by Dale Porter

Counts ... Migration count data from 1959 to present.

2015 Migration count

Record counts ... Daily and yearly record totals

Complete yearly totals

Count data comparison ... Gives peak of migration dates, earliest and latest sightings for each species and compares count data from 1974 through 2003

Results from the 2006 through 2014 local eagle surveys, conducted by Jim Phillips, in an attempt to determine the population in southeastern West Virginia.

Track the New River Gorge peregrines

What is a raptor?

Peters Mountain Roar
by George Flouer

What is a kettle?

Learn how hawks use
air currents when they migrate

 

Comments ... Read comments left by visitors, or, submit your own Updated 11-09-2014
Latest comment by
Charity Richmond

e-mail ... Questions, suggestions, submissions

Links ... Links to sites of interest. Most recent link added:  Cyclingscenicwv.com

Directions to  the Tower ... How to find us. Directions from Gap Mills, Waiteville and Rock Camp, West Virginia and from Paintbank and Blacksburg, Virginia

Note: Due to 911 name changes, Waiteville Road is now Limestone Hill Road andPhoto by Rodney Davis Zenith Road at Rock Camp has been changed to Willow Bend Road. Also, the forest service has erected new signs marking the trail parking for the tower.

 

Miscellaneous Looking for something that used to be on the home page? It may have been moved here.     


 

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Local information on lodging, restaurants and other interesting things to do when visiting Monroe County, West Virginia.


 

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RLD

September 23, 2016