Hawk Rock in Pennsylvania Vandalized by Graffiti

Published Sep 3, 2014

The view from Hawk Rock near Duncannon, PA. ~ Photo from DuncannonATC,org

The view from Hawk Rock near Duncannon, PA. ~ Photo from DuncannonATC,org

Hawk Rock is a popular spot with hikers for its natural beauty and for the scenic views. Our friends with the Duncannon, PA, Appalachian Trail Committee say Hawk Rock has been hit, again, with graffiti.

The rock itself is "an ugly mess plagued by layer upon layer of graffiti and the area directly below is littered with years upon years of trash," according to the committee.

Someone who hiked to Hawk Rock believed it was in his best interest to spray-paint love notes to "Anna" along the way. Thirty or so red hearts defiled rocks and trees on the Appalachian Trail between the recycling center and Hawk Rock.

"I Love you Anna" was emblazoned on a large rock about a third of the way to the summit, signed by "ABJR." We have no description of the person who did this damage. All we know is that he probably looks stupid and has vestiges of spray-paint on his fingers.

Volunteers with the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community, the Mountain Club of Maryland and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are working together to eradicate the graffiti. Thus far, they've invested about $200 and 50 volunteer-hours. Material to remove the paint from the rocks is expensive and requires roughly 50-gallons of water to rinse off one-gallon of paint remover.

Your help with this project would be most appreciated. The DATC, MCM and ATC will gather again at the Duncannon Borough and Penn Twp. recycling center on Sunday, September 14, 2014, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to clean off the remaining graffiti.

Your assistance carrying water up the mountain -- "one cup of water or five gallons, one trip up the mountain or three" -- will help share the load.

We are thankful for all those who give their time, resources and efforts to maintain the Appalachian Trail for everyone else.

Vandals Strike Hawk Rock Near Duncannon, PA

Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, News, Crime, Appalachian Trail Clubs, Duncannon Appalachian Trail Committee, and Mountain Club of Maryland

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