Duncannon is one of the few official Appalachian Trail Communities and we are eager to share the pride and enthusiasm of being part of a national treasure. Join us for a family-friendly festival while learning about the Appalachian Trail and other outdoor opportunities in Central PA.
Celebrate the next annual Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival on Saturday, June 18th, 2016. There will be hikes and outdoor activities in the morning and from 10AM to 4PM there will be entertainment, exhibits, presentations and vendors near the town square on High Street between Cumberland and Ann streets.
- Admission and all presentations are FREE!
- Smokey the Bear will be there to raise fire prevention awareness.
- Live Musical Entertainment throughout the day.
- Live Wildlife Presentation (PA native species).
- Over $300 of Raffle Prizes donated by vendors.
- One Free Raffle Ticket for every attendee! (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
- Hiking and Outdoor Clubs.
- Food vendors.
- Arts and Crafts vendors.
- Craft Activities for Kids
- Tales from the Trail
- BBQ Chicken served by the Duncannon Fire Company
Take a Hike!
Some hiking clubs at the festival will be leading their own hikes in the morning and they encourage you to join their clubs to participate in local Duncannon area hikes. The following hiking opportunities are open to the public until all available spaces are filled:
- Easy – 7:45 to 11:00 – Haldeman 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 20 people. Please contact DATC (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register. Where to park
- Difficult – 7:30 to 1:00 – Hawk 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 (email@example.com) at least two days before this hike to register. Where to park.
There will be live entertainment featured throughout the day. Stop by the main stage and enjoy:
- 10:40 to 11:20: Grant Gold makes music. You should listen to it. He plays the ukulele and he plays the guitar. And he sings too. Put all of that together and you have a singing, guitar playing, ukulele player. That’s something isn’t it? I don’t think he plays the guitar and the ukulele at the same time, but he’s probably still pretty talented. I mean it would be great if we had someone who could play guitar and ukulele simultaneously but for now, just one instrument at a time will have to do. I wonder if Grant juggles while he plays the uke. We’ll have to watch and find out.
- 11:20 to 12:00: Matt Miskie is a seasoned performer with very broad appeal. He draws inspiration from the landscape of Pennsylvania for his easy-going melodies. From kayaking to a spectacular sunset, Matt’s original work reflects the beauty of the state while also celebrating his closest relationships. His folk-styled lyrical songwriting combines a rare gift of melody with intelligent lyrics and a warm appealing sound that makes for exceptionally enjoyable listening.
- 12:00 to 12:40: Nondescript Jam Band, It’s a band that jams with things, and stuff, and other things and other stuff. They make noises and you’ll probably even like them. These guys (John and some other guy) have been making sounds come out of their instruments for well over two weeks. People who have heard them play are saying things. Things like, “I heard them.” While others are saying, “Neat.” Don’t miss the only act that starts at noon. Be there!
- 12:40 to 1:00: Author Wally Miars will tell how he left his world behind to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He explains that the hiker’s greatest assets are a great pair of legs, the friends he makes on the trail, and the locals who help him along the way. Wally (a.k.a. Silver Streak) narrates his struggles in a humorous way as he reveals that the world-famous trail is not about a walk in the woods but the people who walk it. Like life, the trail is not about the myriads of peaks, valleys, and ridges, but it is about the unusual and sometimes comical cast of characters who help us on our way.
- 1:00 to 2:00: Zoo America Presents Native Pennsylvania Species: Learn about the natural history and beauty of the native animals that surround us. Pennsylvania’s wildlife heritage is presented in a wildly entertaining and exciting program that’s fun for children and adults. Both the common and the uncommon native species of our forests, fields and towns, are highlighted in this wonderfully educational and insightful presentation.
- 2:00 to 2:40: Brian McPherson is an avid hiker, trail troubadour, and promoter of the Appalachian Trail. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, finishing his 10-yr section hike in 2011. When he hikes he carries his Washburn Rover backpack guitar with him and entertains fellow hikers at AT shelters and hiker hostels with his original songs, a collection of folk tunes he has written about his hiking experiences. He is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, and the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community.
- 2:40 to 3:00: Children’s Parade, all of the children who participated in the creation of Kids Crafts in the Quick Mart parking lot are invited to parade through the festival and up to the stage while showing off all of the cool stuff they made. Drums, rhythm sticks, whistles, bells and other noise makers will be provided. Even adult kids are encouraged to participate.
- 3:00 to 3:40: CrossCountry, the “Makes You Feel Good Music” group was the result of a chance meeting of long-time Pennsylvania musicians Dave Snyder, Carl Weidenhof, and music newbie (with the voice of an angel) Rebecca Lewis. The harmonies emitted that day and throughout the next year formed the beginning of CrossCountry. They quickly gathered a substantial following whenever they performed. Be sure to check out this local Duncannon band.
- 3:40PM to 4:00: Raffle Prize Drawing, raffle tickets will be sold for a dollar during the day of the festival and you can get one free ticket (children must be accompanied by an adult) just for stopping by the DATC booth and getting your “Appalachian Trail” hand-stamp. Every ticket offers a chance to win great prizes so be sure to stay until 3:40 when we start drawing tickets. You have to be there to win big!
There’s always something happening on the stage throughout the day. Whether it’s great family-oriented tunes, live animals, tales from the trail, or the allure of free prizes; the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival will lift your spirit with its lively festive atmosphere. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Everyone will be given a free ticket just for showing up at the DATC booth on High Street and getting their hand stamped (children must be accompanied by an adult). The DATC will also be selling raffle tickets to help support the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community so be sure to increase your odds of winning by purchasing extra tickets for $1.00 each.
Check Out These Great Prizes:
|D O N O R||P R I Z E|
|Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association||The Official ATC 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Companion guide.|
|Appalacian Primitives||One aged distressed poplar drop-leaf side/lamp table with teak oil finish and two aged oak serving cutting boards with mineral oil finish.|
|Appalachian Trail Conservancy||A.T. Blaze hat and first aid kit.|
|Blue Mountain Outfitters||Free weekday canoe trip for 2.|
|Central Pennsylvania Conservancy||An Ironmaster's Race tee-shirt, coffee mug and beer glass.|
|Country Meadow Primitives||A handcrafted item worth $10-$20.|
|Crafty Nana||A birdhouse.|
|Crissy's Handmade Crafts||Handmade wooden flag decor.|
|Cups for Kings and Queens||Ceramic goblet with attached gemstones.|
|Dollar Energy Fund||T.B.D.|
|Dream Vacations - J C Smith||A collector plate.|
|Driftwood Creations||Hiking stick or walking cane.|
|Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community||Duncannon A.T. hat|
|Duncannon Outdoor Club||Book - Wildlife of Pennsylvania.|
|Galbraith Woodworking||A high quality handcrafted pen.|
|Grooming by Heather Harris||Basket of dog goodies with a gift certificate for a free grooming.|
|H&R Block||One free tax preparation for 2016 or 2017.|
|Harrisburg Area Lyme Disease Support Group||Two bottles of natural tick repellent.|
|Hattie's Ribbon Jewelry||A necklace.|
|Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy||Horse-Shoe Trail guidebook and maps.|
|Hungry Hook Farms||A basket of pollinator-friendly perennials.|
|Keystone Trails Association||HI-TEC boots.|
|Kona Ice of Carlisle, LLC||T-shirt (L or XL), promotional Kona Cup, Kona Wooden Nickels good for a free regular sized Kona, slap bands, color changing spoon, 2 leis, and a small beach ball.|
|Little Beaver's Leather||Wind spinner.|
|Members 1st Federal Credit Union||Gift basket worth $20.|
|Mountain Club of Maryland||Day-hiker first aid kit.|
|Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art||Book - Gone for Another Day, edited by Scott Weidensaul from notes of Ned Smith.|
|Oodlesofbows||A collection of hair bows.|
|Orrstown Bank||A gift basket and folding chair with carrying case.|
|Out Gear Recreation LLC||"Singled Out" hammock, handmade in Harrisburg, PA, USA with high quality mildew resistant ripstop nylon! ($60 value)|
|Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association||A pair of seedling nut trees.|
|Perry Heritage||Book - The Search for Fort Robinson.|
|Pheonix Pottery Studio||A mug.|
|Pineapple Papercraft||An original painting.|
|PNC Bank||$20 gift card.|
|Potato Coop||$20 gift card.|
|Purple Turtle Jewelry||A basket with quality dog treats and a silver necklace with a paw print pendant made out of white, black and silver crystals.|
|Road Hawg Barbecue||$15 gift certificate.|
|Sawmill Creek Body Co & Candles||A basket of soap, lotion, lip balm, body spray and a candle.|
|Sea Glass Jewelry by Nora||Handcrafted pure sea glass necklace and pendant.|
|State Senator Rob Teplitz Office||We may be able to donate a tour of the Capital Building.|
|Shelly Edwards Photography||$25 gift certificate.|
|Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club||T.B.D. - $10 to $20 value.|
|Tastefully Simple||Cake mix.|
|Unique Junque Creations||Some ornamental iron work.|
|Wildlife Art by Russell||A nature-themed painting.|
|Wine'd Design||A basket with a painted wine glass and wine glass charms valued at $20.|
|Wood-n-Stuff||Handmade wood item.|
|York Hiking Club||Hiker's First AID kit.|
- 44) American Red Cross - Non profit specializing in disaster response, service to the armed forces, and health and safety.
- 31) Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association - Represents the AT long distance hiking community; helps AT Trail clubs; provides education about the AT, and serves as a focus for AT hiker camaraderie.
- 26) Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Preserves and manages the Appalachian Trail, ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
- 52) Central Pennsylvania Conservancy - Conserving natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations through land acquisition, conservation easements, education, and outreach.
- 12) Country Meadow Primitives - All types of primitive crafts and many repurposed products made by hand.
- 10) Crafty Nana - Makes items from gourds, sews seasonal table runners & hot mats, and knits scarves.
- 60) Crissy's Handmade Crafts - Handmade burlap wreaths, mesh wreaths and wood crafts.
- 46) Cups for Kings and Queens - Handmade wheel-thrown goblets and chalices.
- 15) Dellinger Concessions - Amazing liquid volcano drinks, cotton candy, water, fresh-squeezed lemonade and orange-aid, and soda.Dollar Energy Fund - Ways to save energy and money - Energy efficiency education.
- 21) Dream Vacations - J C Smith - Travel Agency.
- 22) Driftwood Creations - Items made from seashells, driftwood, and other unique wood types.
- 09) Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community - Promoting, Protecting and Preserving Our Outdoor Recreational Resources for Future Generations.
- 23) Duncannon Girl Scout Troop 10627 - Troop of 10 to 12 year old girls who are working on a community project that needs more volunteers.
- 11) Duncannon Outdoor Club - Non-profit volunteer organization providing monthly educational outdoor activities to all ages.
- 64) Galbraith Woodworking - hand-turned pens, cutting boards, candle holders, baskets, birthday calendars, puzzles, sign boards and wire works.
- 27) Grooming by Heather Harris - Dog groomer in Duncannon.
- 29) H&R Block - Tax preparation and business services.
- 39) Harrisburg Area Lyme Disease Support Group - Lyme support group, also sells natural tick repellent.
- 30) Hattie's Ribbon Jewelry - Ribbon Jewelry and necklaces.
- 66) Hooks and Needles - Crafter.
- 36) Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy - Preserving and protecting the 140+ mile trail, from Valley Forge Park to the Appalachian Trail on Stony Mountain, for future generations since 1935
- 02) Hungry Hook Farms A native plant nursery growing perennials and shrubs that are native to Pennsylvania.
- 56) Inspired by Nature - Handmade Jewelry and gifts by local artist Erica Klinger, specializing in wire wrapping, gemstones, tree of life, and beautifully preserved nature in resin wearable art.
- 03) Keystone Trails Association - Dedicated to providing, preserving, protecting and promoting recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania.
- 01) Kona Ice of Carlisle, LLC - Shaved ice with Vitablend syrup (40% less sugar than any other ice product).
- 17) Little Beaver's Leather - Wind spinners, LuvALamps, and Jewelry.
- 41) Members 1st Federal Credit Union - One of the largest credit unions in Southcentral PA.
- 28) Mountain Club of Maryland - Hiking and trail maintaining club.
- 20) Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art - Ned Smith’s wildlife art, exhibits, and performances act as a springboard for environmental and conservation programs.
- 62) Oodlesofbows - Handmade hair bows.
- 16) Orrstown Bank - Bank that loves to support our community.
- 04) Out Gear Recreation LLC - Makes quality hand made hammocks and other gear in PA and organizes hikes around the area to get people outside and enjoying the outdoors.
- 48) Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association - Formed in 1932 for the promotion of interest in hardy nut bearing trees, their products, and their culture.
- 24) Perry Heritage - Author of a series of books dedicated to discovering and preserving the rich history of Perry County Pennsylvania.
- 14) Phoenix Pottery Studio - Functional stoneware and porcelain pottery.
- 43) Pineapple Papercraft - Art in acrylic and watercolor.
- 34) PNC Bank - Helping you gain the confidence needed to make important financial decisions for you, your family and your business.
- 06) Potato Coop - Specializes in flavored fresh cut fries that leave customers Cravin' the Coop!
- 50) Road Hawg Barbecue - Local Duncannon BBQ restaurant.
- 58) Sawmill Creek Body Co & Candles - Specializing in soaps, lip balms, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, bug spray, lotions, body sprays and candles.
- 18) Sea Glass Jewelry by Nora - Handcrafted sea glass jewelry using only pure sea glass.
- 25) Shelly Edwards Photography - Photography for all events and locations.
- 38) State Senator Rob Teplitz Office - State senate office representing the 15th Senatorial District (part of Dauphin County and all of Perry County).
- 08) Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club - One of thirty-one groups maintaining the Appalachian Trail, organized to provide the opportunity to enjoy and learn about nature through outdoor recreational activities.
- 32) Tastefully Simple - Delicious foods and gifts for every day and every occasion.
- 42) Tuscarora Wildland Fire Crew - District 3 Wildland Fire Crew that prevents and fights wildland/forest fires.
- 62) Unique Junque Creations - Ornamental iron works, fire-pit pokers, hangers, shepherds hooks, and horseshoe art.
- 33 & 35) Wild-n-Wonderful Whitetails - Antler displays and sales.
- 05) Wildlife Art by Russell - Wildlife artist of drawings & paintings; in all types of mediums.
- 54) Wine'd Design - Hand-painted wine glasses, beer mugs, handcrafted wine charms, and other wine-themed gifts.
- 07) Wood-n-Stuff - Handmade wood items, benches, etc.
- 19) York Hiking Club - Non-profit organization maintaining sections of the Appalachian Trail & the Mason-Dixon Trail System, and also offers hikes open to the community.
Parking and Directions
On the day of the festival, you can park along the streets where it is permitted or you can park in one of the lots shown on the map below.
- God’s Missionary Church Lot
- Old Sled Works South Lot
- Clark’s Ferry Commuter Lot (2 mile scenic hike to festival)
- American Legion Back Lot (walk 330 yards to festival)
- (AFTER 1PM) Blue Ridge Communications Lot
Crafts for Kids
There are plenty of activities to keep the kids happy and entertained so bring them along for a fun day at the festival.
Children who make any of the above crafts are eligible to participate in a fun and lively parade through the festival that ends on the main stage where they can proudly display their creations. Meet in the Quick Mart parking lot at 2:30 PM to join us for this exciting celebration!
The following organizations have made significant donations or contributions to help fund the 2016 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival and we greatly appreciate their help.
- Blue Mountain Outfitters
- Duncannon Borough
- Duncannon Mayor Jack Conrad
- Duncannon Parks and Recreation Board
- Duncannon Supply Company
- Duncannon Quick Mart
- Mutzabaugh’s Market
- This is Duncannon
Join the Fun
We’re looking for volunteers to help make this festival a great day for everyone. Enjoy a fun day outside with your fellow Duncannon enthusiasts.
If you’re interested in being a volunteer at the festival, please contact us for more information.
Why We Do It
The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community (DATC) is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving our outdoor recreational resources for future generations. We implement projects and programs to enhance tourism opportunities for Duncannon as an outdoor recreation destination and we encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy nature and recognize the connection between the health and abundance of the region’s natural assets and the vitality of its communities.
Come out and enjoy a fun day in Duncannon! We hope to see you there!