Hawk Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 126 reviews

Hawk Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Duncannon, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

very challenging and rewarding hike. was very busy when I went the last week in July. beautiful photos from the overlook. met a through hiker who started in GA in March and was making his way to ME!

1 month ago

I love Hawk Rock. I've probably hiked this over 20 times in the past few years and I'll do it again and again.

1 month ago

Beautiful view, but I don't like so many rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

my favorite rock

1 month ago

My family of five, (6-12yr) trekked this trail and had a blast! Views were worth the steep hike to the top.

1 month ago

Steep sections, some crazy rocks, and very narrow at different points. Nice challenge and great view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

I hike this a few times each years. Stunning in the fall and the gorgeous greens in the spring are worth the climb. Week day early evenings aren't too busy but weekends get crowded. Typical PA rocks on the trail and some of the climb can get steep at parts. Totally worth the views, fresh air and wildlife. Make sure you check for ticks as I've found a few after this trail. Mostly shaded by trees which is nice and keeps it cooler in the summer.

2 months ago

awesome view

2 months ago

Good uphill hike. I made a mistake thinking it was a short hike in cool weather and overdressed... It was strenuous and I got way too hot.

Only reason for removing a star is the jagged rocks you have to walk on. Wear thick shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view, but you sure have to work for it!

hiking
3 months ago

very nice

4 months ago

Enjoyed it- lots of rocks and steps going up. Pretty sure you need to turn around when you get to the lookout- I continued to follow the white blazes, but after 10 minutes remembered it was an out and back. Don’t be like me...

4 months ago

easy great place to bring anyone. good views not to hard a nice hike for all ages and skill levels

4 months ago

We did this trail last September! It was pretty difficult but well worth the hike once you get to the top! Beautiful views!!!

5 months ago

Awesome views,clear path,not a long hike but you will break a sweat.

5 months ago

Incline trail with steep sections and mostly rocky. If you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend it. Great view once you get to the top.

6 months ago

Very pretty overlook. Still very manageable to hike in the snow, but Yaktrax or micro-spikes are a good idea. Will go again!

7 months ago

Great views. Well worth the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Yesterday, I attempted hike up the trail. About 3/4 of the way up I encountered solid block of ice which covered the trail making passage near impossible. I turned around after almost falling off of the mountain. Lol!

9 months ago

great trail for newbies!

10 months ago

A little slick because it has been raining but an overall great hike. Lots of stairs, so if you have bad knees I would recommend some knee braces. Otherwise, a short hike with a beautiful view! (I had my 2 dogs with me and they handled it with no problems)

hiking
10 months ago

Fun trail, lots of rocks and steep. 9 yo got too nervous with the rocks and trail edge towards the end to continue. 10 yo was blazing ahead and was bummed we didn't finish. Adventure!

hiking
10 months ago

It's a short hike that leads to a beautiful view of the water basin. I was the only one on the trail when I went Friday morning. The stone steps for the climb can be a bit of a workout and the path can become narrow at points, but totally worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Fairly easy, yet interesting hike. The vista is breathtaking and awesomely panoramic. It is heavily trafficked on a Saturday early afternoon.

An extremely awesome payoff for a short distance and smooth elevation change.

11 months ago

great view

11 months ago

short...but good work out. beautiful up at the top.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Great hike

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

A nice, shorter day hike that provides a great workout! The trail is very well marked and features 'rugged' scenery -- if you've ever done Old Rag, this has a similar feel. I would rate the way up a little more strenuous than moderate -- as it's all uphill and, at points, with a steep grade. The view makes it worth it, though. If you're looking to extend your hike a little more, turn right at top of Hawk Rock and follow the AT for ~2mi. You'll hit an intersection with a blue blaze trail that leads down to a small shelter (about ~0.2mi on the blue blaze). Definitely recommend this hike and will return in the future!

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

I love everrrrrything about Hawk Mountain.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Loved it. Very rocky. Took the 3 year old and my 10 month old pup

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