Most DOC hikes are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Time will depend on the hike event for that particular Saturday. Dates may change due to potential conflicts. Call Deb Takach at 395-2462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for any of the following hikes.
2015 DOC Hiking Schedule
- Jan. 17th – What do you do when you cross paths with a black bear? Come to the DOC average paced 5 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain to find out. We will be hiking at Boyd Big Tree Conservation Area. Meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 9:00 am. or alternately at Boyd’s Big Tree Conservation Area at 9:30am.
- Feb. 21st – Join the DOC for a 2 mile average paced hike over moderate to strenuous terrain up to Hawk Rock and back. Learn about “Leave No Trace” and hiking etiquette. If weather conditions prevent a Hawk Rock hike we will alternately hike on the Takach property over moderate terrain, outside of Duncannon. Meet at 9:00 at the Hawk Rock Appalachian Trail head across from Tubby’s.
- Mar. 7th – Come to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and observe the migration of thousands of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans as they touch down at this important way-station. Then take an average paced 6 mile hike over moderate to easy terrain on a series of trails forming 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. Bring your cameras and binoculars if you have them.
- April 18th – Learn about Pennsylvania snakes on a DOC hike from RT225 to Table Rock and back for an average paced 4 mile hike over moderate terrain on the Appalachian Trail. Meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 9:00 am to carpool.
- May 9th – Join the DOC on a canoe trip from Blue Mountain Outfitters (BMO) to West Fairview for an opportunity to observe the egrets, cormorants, and herons raise their young on Wade Island. This trip will be under the guidance of Blue Mountain Outfitters with a cost of $27.75 per person for a group of 10. We will meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center to carpool at 9:30 am. or alternately at Blue Mountain Outfitters at 10:00 am.
- June 20th – Come to a kid friendly scavenger hunt at the Cornerstone Christian Church Trails for an average paced 1.43 mile hike over easy terrain. See how many hidden things can be found along the trail. This hike is appropriate for children 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- July 18th – Hike from Rt. 850 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 Winery’s parking field at 9:30 am to carpool to the AT trailhead on 850.
- Aug. 15th – Learn about turtles by joining the DOC August hike at Wildwood Nature Center. We will be hiking the 3 mile easy, loop trail at an average pace. We will be meeting at 9:00 am. at the Duncannon Family Health Center. Bring binoculars if you have any. This is a dog friendly hike, however, dogs must be leashed.
- Sept. 26th – Where have all the Monarchs gone? Join the Duncannon Outdoor Club on Family Hiking Day, Saturday, September 26th to find out the answer and give children the opportunity to decorate free backpacks. 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 stackand 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.
- Oct. 24th – Join the DOC as they walk up Peter’s Mountain for a moon lit night hike. The 4 mile hike will be on moderate to strenuous terrain at an average pace. Learn about the Brown Bat and why 98% of them have expired. Bring headlamps or flashlights and meet at the Clarks Ferry AT parking lot at 6:30 pm.
- Nov. 21st – Learn about the Kittatinny Ridge Flyway and the 5 water gaps as we hike around Waggoner’s Gap view to observe the migration of raptors. Then join us for a leisurely paced 2 mile hike over rugged terrain (very rocky). We will meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 9:00 am. to carpool. Wear orange.
- Dec. 19th – Come to Little Buffalo State Park for a 1/4 mile leisurely paced hike over easy terrain and view the Christmas lights and decorations. Learn about where common animals go in winter. This is a great hike for the whole family. Bring money if you wish to purchase food and drink or for a donation if you so choose. If we are lucky we may see Santa Claus! We will meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center to carpool at 6:30 pm.