By Kim McKee, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Trail enthusiasts and Duncannon area residents
turned out in droves on June 2nd, National Trails Day, to celebrate Duncannon’s Appalachian Trail Community celebration and participate in the day’s activities. The beautiful morning started out with hikes up to Hawk Rock overlook on the A.T., a climb up Peters Mountain, and a trip across Haldeman Island to learn about the Trail and area wildlife.
The A.T. Community program is sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and recognizes communities that act as good friends and neighbors to hikers, and promote and protect the A.T.
Over 30 informational vendors set up on Cumberland Street to offer information
about area outdoor recreation opportunities, community services and area conservation efforts. Live performances from local musicians were followed by recitals from the Susquenita Middle School Band & Choir on the main stage, while area youths were participating in a mini-A.T. race in Noyes Park. A designation ceremony capped things off at 2:45pm when the Susquenita Middle School Post-Card Art Contest winners were awarded and speakers from the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail Museum Society, Perry County Commission, PA State House of Representatives, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources touted the welcoming atmosphere and natural, historic and recreational assets of Duncannon and the significance of the designation to the greater Capitol Region.
The keynote speaker, Lancaster County Conservancy President & CEO Ralph Goodno, informed attendees of the reasons we need to get our children and citizens out-of-doors and what we can do going forward to see this change. Ending the ceremony was the signing of the A.T. Community Proclamation by Appalachian Trail Conservancy Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Karen Lutz, and Duncannon Mayor, Kraig Nace. Borough Councilman Jack Conrad announced that the event was a great success at the June Council meeting, noting the spirit of volunteerism and the wide variety of organizations, businesses and dedicated individuals in the community that worked together to make the event possible.
To stay connected to Duncannon's A.T. efforts, visit: http://duncannonat.blogspot.com/
To view photos from the Duncannon A.T. Community Designation event, click here.