DOC Hike – Where Have All The Monarchs Gone?


The DOC hikers met on September 26th, Family Hiking Day, to learn about Monarchs and then head out for a hike.  Prior to the hike, they were given the opportunity to design their own backpack which came with a first aide kit.  Materials were provided by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and were greatly appreciated.  Items left over were handed out at the Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts where they were a great hit!

Also, prior to hitting the trails hikers learned about the Monarch Butterflies, why the butterflies are disappearing and what people could do to help.  Information presented to the group can be obtained at Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?


The DOC hikers headed up Hawk Rock for one of 3 options:  hike up and back, hike up along the ridge and to the blue trail and back on Reservoir Rd. or hike up to the blue trail to the old furnace stack on Reservoir Rd and back.  Most of the hikers chose option one, but we did have a few that took the last option to the furnace stack.  It was a beautiful day and the view was fantastic!  Thanks to Sean O. for leading the longer hike.

Information on the furnace stack can be found at The Duncannon Smoke Stack.









DOC Moon Light Hike – Where Have All The Little Brown Bats Gone?


Little Brown Bat

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On October 24th join the DOC for a moon lit hike up Peter’s Mountain.  The 4 mile hike will be on moderate to strenuous terrain at an average pace.  Learn about the Little Brown Bat and why 98% of them have expired in Pennsylvania and other states.  Bring headlamps or flashlights.  Meet at the Clarks Ferry AT parking lot (40.395767,-77.00871) at 6:30 pm.  Call 395-2462 or email to register.


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

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 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.