Franklin Mountain Sanctuary and Hawkwatch



Attraction Description

The Franklin Mountain Sanctuary overlooking Oneonta, NY, is a 100 acre property providing marked hiking trails through a variety of habitats, such as open fields, second growth forest, old pastures, and mowed fields. A large wetland is accessible by trails and a short boardwalk.

Located at 52 Grange Hall Rd. Spur, Oneonta, NY, the Sanctuary is home to a large diversity of wildlife, including many bird species, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, plus a variety of native plants.

The Franklin Mountain Sanctuary is operated by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and is home of the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, one of New York State’s premier fall raptor migration routes. It is particularly noted for late season flights of Red-tailed Hawks and Golden Eagles.

Franklin Mt. Sanctuary overlooks Oneonta, NY from the south and provides a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River valley and surrounding hills of Otsego and Delaware Counties.

Other activities at the Sanctuary include an annual open house, a summer day camp for children and a raptor banding station. The property is open to the public every day of the year.

To Make You Smile

• Birdwatching
• Hiking Trails
• Fall raptor migration
• Hawkwatch
• Outhouses on site
• Open year round


Late Sept/Early Oct: Open House