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Eye To Eye With Raptors

Eyeball to beak with impressively taloned hawks in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest.

Getting There:

The southern trailhead (the best section for cliffs and hawk viewing) is 9 miles west of Franklin where US 33 crests North Fork Mountain.

Prime Time:

Mid-September through October.

Guides:

West Virginia Hiking Trails, by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club, 617-523-0636; 16.95).

Contact:

Monongahela National Forest, (304) 257-4488.

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