Hawk Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 108 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

hiking
7 days 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.

20 days ago

awesome view

21 days 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

very nice

1 month 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...

2 months ago

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

2 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!!!

2 months ago

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

3 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.

4 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!

5 months ago

Great views. Well worth the hike.

hiking
5 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!

7 months ago

great trail for newbies!

8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.

8 months ago

great view

8 months ago

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

10 months ago

Great hike

hiking
10 months ago

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!

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

quick hike uphill, pretty views of the susqy and juniata.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

short but sweet

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

nice short walk. definently steep in places and lots if steps but short enough to make it up and a beautiful view. I went on a week day and only saw about 3 other people.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fun trail... especially if you have a day off during the week when it's less crowded. great view!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

beautiful view. Steep hike but worth the view. go in summer or early fall and on a clear day

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A nice view at the top trail very Roxy and steep in areas. A lot easier going up then coming down. But worth the view.

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