Where Have All The Monarchs Gone?

 DOC LogoWhere have all the Monarchs gone?  Join the Duncannon Outdoor Club on Family Hiking Day, Saturday, September 26th to find out the answer. This hike will offer three possible options. Option one is a hike up to Hawk Rock for 2 miles out and back on moderate to strenuous terrain, at an average pace. The second option will continue from the top of Hawk Rock on the ridge to the blue trail, back on reservoir road for a loop hike. This will be an 8 mile hike. If the group so chooses there is a third option of continuing from the blue trail on the reservoir road to the old furnace stack and back on reservoir road for a ten mile loop hike. Meet at 9:00am at the Hawk Rock AT Trailhead by Tubby’s Restaurant in Duncannon. To Register call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@ducannonatc.org.

DOC Turtle Hike at Wildwood Park

DOC LogoOn August 15th, the Duncannon Outdoor Club lead an educational hike around the lake at Wildwood Park & Nature Center. Hike leader Deb Takach told us all about the local turtles and where we would most likely find them. It was an educational and pleasant day spent walking around a scenic environment with good people. All in all, it was a nice experience for friends, family, and outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to join us for our next hike.

DATC at Duncannon’s National Night Out

The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community was out showing our support for Duncannon’s 2015 National Night Out.

It was another great event put together by the Duncannon Parks and Recreation crew.

DATC Helps Clean Duncannon Town Square

The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community volunteers were out helping clean Duncannon’s town square this past Saturday with other Duncannon residents and enthusiasts.

You can read more about it on This is Duncannon’s Facebook page.

DOC Buddy Boy Winery Hike

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On Sat., July 11th the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) will be hiking from Rt. 850 Appalachian Trail Head to Buddy Boy Winery on an average paced 3.3 mile hike over the mountain on moderate to easy terrain. Pack a lunch and enjoy food and some wine tasting at the conclusion of the hike. Bring some money if you plan on buying wine. Meet at Buddy Boy’s parking field on left at 9:30 am. Look for a green Ford Explorer. The address is 111 Barnett Dr., Duncannon, PA 17020. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

John Whitney’s Duncannon Painting – Raffle Prize

John Whitney's painting of Duncannon PA

Duncannon as seen from Cove Mountain, painted by John Whitney.

John Whitney from Gallery@Second has donated this awesome 18″x34″ painting of Duncannon (valued at $400) to the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community (DATC) so it can be raffled off to one extremely lucky winner. Be sure to stop by the 2015 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival for your free ticket and then buy a lot more tickets to increase your chances of winning. All proceeds help fund projects related to Duncannon and the Appalachian Trail. See you at the festival this Saturday!

Festival Banners Placed Throughout Duncannon

All of the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival banners have been hung throughout town.

Kid’s Crafts At Duncannon Festival


016 Wacky Hats Make a Wacky Hat out of paper plates for your next hike. We have frog hats, monster hats, bee hats, palm tree hats, hats with glasses, castle hats, and flamingo hats. Take your pick and decorate your hat or if you are older you can cut out your hat too.
015 Bear Chasers What can you do with a cardboard tube? You can make a Bear Chaser that makes a humming noise so you can scare away bears as you are hiking. Decorate your tube and cover one end with wax paper or foil wrap that you cut out yourself or get help from a volunteer.
017 Mustaches Make a mustache out of black construction paper and put it under your nose so you look like a hiker who has spent months on the trail.
014 Wrestling Hikers Decorate two clothespins to look like hikers and connect them with a rubber band. Wind them up, let them go, and watch the action to see which hiker lands on top for the win.
018 Racing Turtles Make one or two turtles out of white cardboard by decorating them with markers. Add a long string and tie it to something about the height of the turtle. Little tugs on the string cause the turtle to race slowly (remember it is a turtle) along the string away from you.

Bring your parents along to the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival for some great crafting fun!

Duncannon AT Festival Hikes for 2015

Hike Trails of DuncannonGet acquainted with Duncannon area trails on Saturday June 20th. On the morning of our upcoming Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival there will be hikes hosted by local outdoor enthusiasts who want to show you the amazing beauty that can be found in and around Duncannon, PA. Don’t miss these great opportunities to learn about some of Central PA’s most interesting outdoor resources while spending time with people in your community. Get to know Duncannon!

  • PA Game Commission LogoEasy8:00 to 11:30Haldeman Island: In cooperation with the PA Game Commission, this is a leisurely 2.5 mile hike touring the abundant wildlife of Haldeman Island. Located near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, access to Haldeman Island is usually restricted to provide sanctuary for a wide variety of native Pennsylvania birds, including the iconic Bald Eagle. Sign up early for this rare chance to enjoy an excellent hike lead by the extremely knowledgeable and informative retired PA Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor, Scott Bills. This hike is limited to 25 people. Please contact DATC (haldeman-hike@duncannonatc.org) to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • Duncannon Outdoor Club LogoSuper Easy 9:00 to 10:30Scavenger Hunt at Cornerstone Christian Church Trails – Sponsored by the Duncannon Outdoor Club. This is a slower paced 1.14 mile easy-terrain hike through woods and fields on mostly wide paths. It is a hike for the whole family, especially young children ages 5 and up. Try and find as many things as you can to check off your scavenger list. Meet at the Cornerstone Christian Church Duncannon at 9:00 am. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • SATC-LogoChallenging10:00 to 12:15 Peters Mountain to Clarks Ferry Shelter – Sponsored by the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, this is a moderately paced 4.3 mile hike with a semi-strenuous 900 foot climb up the end of Peters Mountain. We’ll meet at the Park-n-Ride lot near the Clarks Ferry Bridge on Rt. 147, head up the Appalachian Trail to the Clarks Ferry Shelter for a nice break, go back down the mountain on the blue-blazed Susquehanna Trail and then head back to our cars. As we hike this trail we’ll stop to take in picturesque views of Duncannon, the valley surrounding Dauphin, and the Juniata and Susquehanna river junction. You must contact the hike leader (kbalaban@duncannonatc.org) to register for this hike. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • Day Hikersa of Central PA - Meetup LogoDifficult 7:30 to 1:00Hawk Rock & Duncannon Tower Loop – Sponsored by the Day Hikers of Central PA, this is a brisk paced 11 mile hike over strenuous terrain with a 700 foot climb in the first mile. We will start and finish the hike at Tubby’s Nightclub and hike on the AT to Hawk Rock. Then we will go down a steep descent and visit the ruins of a lumber mill in the Duncannon Watershed that features a magnificent 50-foot high stone and brick tower (“The Stack”) that is still standing. Hiking poles will be helpful. You must contact the hike leader (dennis-hike@duncannonatc.org) at least two days before this hike to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.

 We look forward to seeing you on the trail!