Hex Highway - Hawk Mountain Tour Professional Review and Guide
"This 84-mile drive journeys past a remarkable lineup of picturesque stone and frame Pennsylvania bank barns adorned in hex signs—the colorful Pennsylvania Dutch folk art that brings good fortune. Traveling mainly through northern Berks County, this cultural-theme drive explores the Pennsylvania Dutch country of southeast Pennsylvania between the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers. Where it migrates north, the tour rolls over and back up Blue Mountain to visit Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, which hosts an impressive fall hawk watch. Other sanctuary boasts include a “river of rocks,” the legacy of a gravity-run railroad, mountain laurel and rhododendron blooms, vistas, and a fine hiking trail network that accesses the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The sanctuary is wild enough to engage a grub-seeking black bear on occasion, and civil enough to have a small museum and gallery.
Special attractions: Colorful hex signs; covered bridges; The Rodale Experimental Farm; Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary; Roadside America (miniatures collection); hiking, birding, picnicking, shopping, Pennsylvania Dutch dining. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."