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A Walk In Penn Woods

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On Sun., Oct. 1st join the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) for a 2  mile average paced hike through the wooded Takach mountain land on moderate terrain.  We will be looking for animal signs as we hike the property and learn how to establish a Hunter Management Program for those of you who own land.  This hike is part of the “Walk in Penn Woods” effort, a statewide event to build appreciation for forests, the people who care about them, and the importance of tending them.  Call Deb Takach at: 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register. 

 

Duncannon Outdoor Club 2018 Schedule of Events

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Schedule:  Third Saturday of each Month.  Time will depend on the hike event for that Saturday.  Date may change due to conflicts.

Jan. 20th – Join the DOC at Pine Grove Furnace State Park for an average paced 4.2 mile hike on moderate to strenuous terrain.  We will climb up Pole Steeple Trail, take in the view and descend on the
AT, returning to Pole Steeple Trail via the Mountain Creek Trail.   If snow is on the ground make sure to wear hiking boots and bring micro spikes or yak tracks if you have them.  The theme for discussion will be skunks.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 8:30 or alternately at the RT 114 Park and Ride at 9:00 am.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Feb. 17th  – Come to an average paced 8.5 mile loop hike over easy to moderate terrain at Pinchot State Park.   Bring micro spikes or yak tracks depending on the weather.  Snow shoes are welcome provided there is snow on the ground.  Meet at 8:30 am. at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center  or alternately at the Camp Hill Mall/Santander Bank at 9:00 am.  We will be learning about voles and moles!  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Mar. 3rd   Come to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and observe the migration of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans as they touch down at this important way station.  Then hike an average paced 6 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain on a series of trails that form a loop back to the visitor’s center.  There are 2 climbs from 300 to 400 ft.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 8:30 am. or alternately at the Kmart parking lot in Summerdale at 9:00 am.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Please reimburse drivers 10 cents per mile and for turnpike tolls (124 miles total).  Bring your cameras and binoculars if you have them and pack a lunch.

April 21st   – Come to a family/dog friendly, average paced, two mile hike over easy terrain from Scotts Farm to Sherwood Drive and back.  We will identify violets along the way and make violet syrup at hikes end.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 8:30 or alternately at Scotts Farm at 9:00 am.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

May 19th Come to a dog friendly, average paced 6 mile loop hike on moderate terrain from RT 850 AT trailhead to Darlington Trail to Miller’s Gap Road back to 850.  We will learn about dogs, what to do if attacked, dogs and hiking, etc.  Meet at the State Game Lands 170 parking lot along 850 at 9:00 am.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register and for directions if needed.

June 16thJoin the DOC on a canoe/kayak trip from Blue Mountain Outfitters (BMO) to West Fairview for an opportunity to observe the nesting birds on Wade Island and learn about the biodiversity of the Susquehanna.  Cost is $12.50 if you bring your own boat.  Rent a kayak for $45.00 plus a $7.50 shuttle fee, a two man kayak for $65.00 plus $7.50 each person, a canoe for $45.00 plus $7.50 each person.  Tax is not included in these figures.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  We will meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 9:00 am. or alternately at BMO at 9:30 am.

July 21st     Join us for an average paced 6 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain starting at the AT RT 850 trailhead to Scotts Farm.  The theme will be Daylilies.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 9:00 am. or alternately at RT 114 Park and Ride at 9:30 am.  Due to limited parking, if there are a large number of cars we will drop some cars off at Scotts Farm and then carpool to the AT RT 850 trailhead.   Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Aug. 18th  –Join us for an average paced  9.6 mile hike over moderate terrain from the AT RT 225 trail head to the RT 325 trailhead.  The hike follows the ridge of Peter’s Mountain and has 3 nice views.  At the beginning of the hike we will be making a delicious drink out of Sumac Berries and learn the difference between Staghorn Sumac and Poison Sumac.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 or alternately at the AT parking at the RT 325 trailhead/Clarks Valley Rd (40.451386,-76.776430) at 9:30 am.  Bring water and a lunch.   Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Sept. 15thHike an average pace 2 mile loop hike over moderate terrain as we bushwhack through the Takach Property in search of galls. This is a kid friendly/family friendly hike.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am. to carpool.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Oct. 20th Join the DOC for a 5 mile average paced, shuttle hike on moderate to strenuous terrain up the Canyon Vista Trail at Worlds End State Park to a beautiful vista onto Link Trail following a creek down to the park office.  This is a difficult hike with steep sections. Pack lunch, snacks, and water.  Wear orange. Meet at the Giesinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 8:00 am.  Driving distance is approximately 196 miles total. Please pay drivers 10 cents per mile for gas.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Nov. 17th – Want to learn how to identify trees.  Come out for a 2 mile average paced hike over easy terrain off RT 325 on state game lands.  Be sure to wear orange!  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at the intersection of RT 225 and RT 325 parking area (40.38867,-76.94168) at 9:30 am.  Call Paul at 717-648-8226 or email psmith@duncannonatc.org to register.

Dec. 15th    Come to Little Buffalo State Park for an average paced 5 mile hike over moderate and strenuous terrain.  There are approximately 8 short climbs and one big one.  This hike is not for beginners.  Learn about where animals go in winter.   Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Little Buffalo Park Office at 9:30 am. Call 717- 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

 

 

Hike Stoney Valley Trail; Learn PA Natural Symbols

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On Sat., Sept. 16th the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) invites you to attend an in and back, average paced hike for a total of 3 miles on easy terrain at the Stoney Valley Rail Trail.  This is a family friendly/dog friendly hike.  If you cannot make the 3 mile distance you are welcome to turn back earlier.  We will be learning about Pennsylvania’s Natural Symbols.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Health Center in Duncannon at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Dauphin Park and Ride at 9:30 am.  Call 717-395-2462 or email Deb at dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Hope you can make it!

Tour of Indiantown Gap The Regal Fritillary Butterfly

DOC LogoOn Sat., July 8th join the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) for a  three hour tour at Fort Indiantown Gap to observe the endangered Regal Fritillary butterfly and the habitat necessary for breeding and providing success for 100 other species of conservation concerns in PA.  Wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a nature walk on gravel trails and mowed paths.  Bring bug spray, sunscreen, binoculars, lunch, and cameras.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Center at 8:00 am. or alternately at the Kmart in Summerdale ready to leave by 8:30 am.  Driving distance is approximately 80 miles total.  Please pay drivers 10 cents per mile for gas.  If you opt to drive without passengers you do not have to stay the whole three hours.  Call Deb at 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  

Kayak/Canoe The Susquehanna

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On Sat., June 24th join the DOC on a canoe/kayak trip from Blue Mountain Outfitters (BMO) to West Fairview for an opportunity to observe birds on Wade Island, learn about the Susquehanna Watershed, and check the water quality of the Susquehanna.  Cost is $12.50 if you bring your own boat.  Rent a kayak for $45.00 plus a $7.50 shuttle fee, a two man kayak for $65.00 plus $7.50 per person, or a canoe for $45.00 plus $7.50 per person.  Tax is not included in these figures.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Meet at the Geisinger Holy Spirit Duncannon Center to carpool at 9:30 am., or alternately at BMO at 10:00 am. 

RSVP by June 18th.

Hiking With Dogs

DOC LogoDo you have a dog and like to hike?  Want to learn more about hiking with dogs?  Come to a dog friendly, average paced, 6 mile loop hike over moderate terrain on Sat., May 6th.  We will be walking on the AT from Rt. 850 up Blue Mountain to Darlington trail to Miller’s Gap, returning down the road to the AT back to the start.  Since there is limited parking at the AT trailhead, we will meet at 9:00 am. at the State Game Lands 170 Parking area located on Rt. 850 about 18 miles west of Marysville on the left side of the road.  It is 0.5 miles past Cove Rd which will be on your right.  If you get to the AT trailhead parking area you have gone too far.  We will walk the 0.3 miles from the game lands parking area along the road to the AT trail head.  Call Debra at 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

 

Build Your Own Bluebird Box

Bluebirds from Bluebird Society of PADOC LogoOn Sat., April 22nd come to a family friendly, average paced, 1.67 mile hike over easy to moderate terrain.  Then learn about bluebirds from Phil Durgin, Vice President of the Bluebird Society of PA, and make your own bluebird box from 11:00 to 12:00.  Cost is free.  Donations for materials are appreciated but not expected.  Meet at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center at 9:00 am. to carpool or alternately at Little Buffalo State Park by the stage.  If you do not wish to hike but want to participate in the bluebird workshop meet at the park stage at 11:00 am.  Call Deb at 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Hope to see you there.

 

Duncannon Outdoor Club Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area – Migrating Snow Geese and Tundra Swans

DOC LogoOn March 11th Come to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area to observe the thousands of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans as they migrate to this important way station.  Then hike an average paced 6 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain on a series of trails that form a loop back to the visitor’s center.  There are 2 climbs ranging from 300 to 400 ft.  Meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center to carpool at 8:30 am or alternately at the Kmart parking lot at 9:00am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Please reimburse drivers 10 cents per mile and for turnpike tolls (total mileage is 124 miles).  Bring your cameras and binoculars if you have them and pack a lunch.  Hope you can make it!

Duncannon Outdoor Club Hike at Wildwood Theme: Fur Bearing Animals

DOC LogoOn Sat., Feb. 18th the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) will be hiking an average paced, three mile loop trail on easy terrain at Wildwood Nature Center.  Come and learn about fur bearing animals in PA.  This family friendly hike is for all ages and is dog friendly.  We will be meeting at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 9:00 am.to carpool.  Alternately meet at the Wildwood Nature Center at 9:30 am.  Call Deb at 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

Ned Smith Center Hike – Theme: Coyotes

DOC LogoOn Sat., January 21st join the Duncannon Outdoor Club (DOC) at The Ned Smith Center in Millersburg for an average paced 5 mile hike on moderate to strenuous terrain.  There is one .75 mile climb up Mountain Laurel Trail to Berry Mountain Trail with a nice view at the top.  Return on Berry Mountain Trail to Deer Run Trail.  Then take Drumming Log Trail back to the starting point at the Ned Smith Center.  If snow or ice is on the trail bring Microspikes or Yaktrax if you have them.  Wear something orange for the hunting season. The theme for discussion will be coyotes.   Meet 9:00 am. at the Holy Spirit Duncannon Center, a Geisinger Affiliate (formally the Duncannon Family Health Center) to carpool or alternately meet at the Clarks Ferry Bridge (RT 147/322) parking lot at 9:15 am. Please reimburse drivers 10 cents for a total of 36 miles.   Call Deb at 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register. Click here for larger printable versions of the Ned Smith trail map.