The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee hopes that our mission statement “Promoting, Protecting and Preserving Our Outdoor Recreational Resources for Future Generations” will carry over into all changes being considered for the Duncannon Borough, including improved river access and beautification of the town. The Committee plans to support and implement projects and programming that enhance tourism opportunities for Duncannon as an outdoor recreation destination and 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. Our volunteer committee meets monthly. We support the efforts of the Trail Clubs maintaining the A.T. in the Greater Duncannon Area including MCM (Mountain Club of Maryland), SATC (Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club), CVATC (Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club), and YHC (York Hiking Club).
As part of the 2012 DATC Designation Festival a new mural is in place on the wall by the 11-15 bridge at the south end of town. DATC hopes this will be the first in a series. Donations are greatly appreciated for this and all the activities in planning for the DATC. Visit our Donations Page for more information.
Duncannon’s A.T. Community Committee, comprised of local officials, Trail to Every Classroom teachers, business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations and various trail club representatives, has chosen the third Saturday in June as the Annual Appalachian Trail Festival date. DATC’s mission statement is “Promoting, Protecting and Preserving Our Outdoor Recreational Resources for Future Generations.” The annual festival will include a vendor area for clubs, organizations and retail vendors from the greater Duncannon area, live musical entertainment, and presentations and activities relating to the outdoors. Hikes and river trips open to residents of the greater Duncannon area may also be offered by local trail clubs and outdoor organizations.
The historic river town of Duncannon, situated at the junction of the Susquehanna River, Juniata River and the Kittatinny Ridge “Flyway,” is treasured by thousands of through-hikers, section-hikers, day-hikers and river enthusiasts in Perry County, PA. One of only a handful of small towns through which the Appalachian Trail directly passes, Duncannon is well-known for its views from Hawk Rock as well as the friendliness, hospitality and generosity of local residents. It is also listed as one of the cherished towns in the Middle Susquehanna Greenway Tour and a member of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.
The legendary Doyle Hotel on Market Street is a welcome respite to hikers and paddlers, offering good food, drink and a place to rest before continuing on their journey. Duncannon is also the home of several great restaurants and unique small businesses who welcome you to the town. Duncannon has also played host to the annual Billville Hiker Feed, with hikers flocking for three days of food and festivities each summer over the last nine years, and local Boy Scouts provide maps at the Borough entrance of local attractions and hiker services to help orient and welcome visitors to town.
Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee Members:
- President: Sean O’Shell
- Vice President: Nancy Kurtz
- Treasurer and ATC Ambassador: Paul Smith
- Duncannon Outdoor Club Leader: Deb Takach
- Recording Secretary: Samantha Whitney
- Mountain Club of Maryland Representative: Mike O’Connor
- Sub-Committee Graphics Chairperson: Susan Norris
- Sub-Committee Entertainment Chairperson: Brian McPherson