Category Archives: Achievements

See how the DATC is helping Duncannon and surrounding areas.

Hawk Rock Litter-Free Once Again

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Litter below Hawk Rock near Duncannon, Pennsylvania.

It’s appalling to consider the fact that people can carry full containers UP the trail but they can’t be bothered to carry the empty ones DOWN.  It’s sad really.  Some people don’t care or they just don’t know any better.  Fortunately, Duncannon is surrounded by good people who work hard to protect and preserve our outdoor natural resources!

Once again, Kevin Dunleavy volunteered to rappel down the face of Hawk Rock and retrieve all of the litter that had accumulated since the last time he did this back in 2014. Thanks Kevin. We greatly appreciate the time and effort you donate to keeping Hawk Rock beautiful.

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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.

Litter Below Hawk Rock is Gone!

Volunteers collected litter from Duncannon's Hawk Rock overllokAfter removing the graffiti from Hawk Rock and improving the trail below, there was only one thing keeping our cleanup project from being a complete success: the trash littering the base of Hawk Rock.  During our previous cleanup we picked up the trash far below Hawk Rock but we couldn’t climb all of the way up to the plateau just below it.   We needed an experienced climber to get to the most inaccessible areas and that’s where Kevin (The Axe Man) Dunleavy comes in.

Kevin is a skilled climber, caver and hiker who has accompanied the York Hiking Club and the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club on many trail maintenance outings.  Mr. Dunleavy kindly volunteered to help the DATC and the Mountain Club of Maryland by rappelling down the face of Hawk Rock and cleaning the unsightly mess caused by years of carelessly discarded litter.  After descending 65 feet to the base of the rock, he spent an hour filling a large trash bag with bottles, cans, food wrappers and miscellaneous garbage.  We then hauled the whole mess up and out of the woods where it was properly discarded along with our regular household trash.

It’s appalling to consider the fact that people can carry full and heavy containers UP the trail but they can’t be bothered to carry them DOWN once they are empty.  It’s sad really.  Some people don’t care or they just don’t know any better.  Fortunately, Duncannon is surrounded by good people who work hard to protect and preserve our outdoor natural resources!

Second Hawk Rock Cleanup a GREAT Success!

The cleanest Hawk Rock has been in more than 35 years.

The cleanest Hawk Rock has been in more than 35 years.

Our second outing to clean the Hawk Rock area was a GREAT success thanks to the many wonderful volunteers who donated their time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I think almost everyone managed to get at least a gallon of water up to Hawk Rock.  We were hoping for 20 gallons of water at the top of the mountain but ended up with about 35 gallons and we used every last drop to blast off as much graffiti as possible. There’s still some paint left in the nooks and crannies but nothing is legible and you can see more of the rock’s natural color coming through.

Third Rock, the rock closer to the bottom third of the mountain, came out almost perfectly clean since it only had a couple layers of paint on it.

In addition to hauling water and removing graffiti, volunteers from Day Hikers of Central PA, Reddit, DATC, MCM and SATC also helped: trim back trail vegetation, clear water bars, slide a big rock off the trail in the avalanche area, fix the step at the bottom of the stairs just before Hawk Rock, and collect 2 HUGE bags of trash from below Hawk Rock. Continue reading

Hawk Rock Vandalism

Amazing panoramic view from Duncannon PA's Hawk Rock, summer 2014Nearly every Duncannon resident has been up to Hawk Rock at some point in their life.  The people of Duncannon are lucky to have what is often considered one of the best views in the state of Pennsylvania with its wide open natural vista showing Duncannon Borough, the Susquehanna and Juniata river confluence, and the Clarks Ferry Bridge off to the right.  Shermans Creek is immediately below with Orchard Hill, Dicks Ridge, Mahanoy Ridge, Hickory Ridge, and the Tuscarora Mountain ridges trailing off into the distance.  So why isn’t this beautiful vista more popular among hikers and tourists?

Hawk Rock is a great place to go to enjoy nature’s beauty as it spreads out both far and wide but when seen up close, the rock itself is an ugly mess plagued by layer upon layer of graffiti and the area directly below is littered with years upon years of trash.

Here is how Hawk Rock has looked in the past:

Normally I don’t show pictures of Hawk Rock graffiti because I dislike giving vandals any publicity but the most recent incident was too terrible to ignore.  Some misguided Romeo decided that the best way he could declare his devotion to his beloved “Anna” was by Continue reading

2014 DATC Festival Photos

We were fortunate to have photographers at our 2014 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival willing to share their photos with us.  Thanks to Jeromy, Jeannie Conrad, and Charlie Johnson, we have great pictures of the crowd, the entertainment, the vendors and some of the presentations at the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival (a.k.a. the Duncannon Blast).

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Seasons Greetings From the ATC

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The card came addressed to me but it belongs to each and every one of you who has volunteered your time and effort to help promote, protect and preserve Duncannon’s outdoor recreational resources for future generations.

At this joyous time of year, we are grateful for your support and commitment to the Appalachian Trail.  We wish you the best this holiday season and all the happiness in the new year.

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season.  Many, many thanks for all you do for the A.T. Community of Duncannon and the A.T.  You are so very much appreciated!

Signed by: Heather, Karen, Bob, Jon, Nicole, Marian, Kelly and Michele.

Thanks for everything and have a happy holiday.

DATC Booth at Ned Smith Nature and Arts Festival a Success

On Saturday, July 27th we set up our Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community (DATC) booth at the Ned Smith Nature and Arts Festival in Millersburg and it was a great success.  Our free giveaways attracted many children and their parents. Kids would line up for our Appalachian Trail hand-stamps and temporary bug tattoos while we talked to their parents about Duncannon, the Appalachian Trail, Duncannon Outdoor Club hiking opportunities, ticks and invasive species such as the Wooly Adelgid.