Summer Begins with 4 Appalachian Trail Festivals

Duncannon, PA, is an Appalachian Trail Community

Duncannon, PA, is an Appalachian Trail Community

Appalachian Trail festivals will start summer 2015 off on the right foot.

Duncannon Pennsylvania's Appalachian Trail Festival

The annual Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival takes place on Saturday, June 20, 2015. There will be hikes and outdoor activities in the morning. Then, from noon to 4 PM, entertainment, exhibits, presentations and vendors await your arrival near the town square on High Street between Cumberland and Ann streets.

  • Admission and all presentations are FREE!
  • Smokey the Bear will be there to raise fire prevention awareness.
  • Live Musical Entertainment throughout the day.
  • Live Raptor Presentation (birds of prey)
  • Over $300 of Raffle Prizes donated by vendors.
  • One Free Raffle Ticket for every attendee! (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Hiking and Outdoor Clubs.
  • Food vendors.
  • Arts and Crafts vendors.
  • Craft Activities for Kids
  • BBQ Chicken served by the Duncannon Fire Company

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Duncannon Pennsylvania's Appalachian Trail Festival

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Waynesboro, PA's, Appalachian Trail Festival

Mason-Dixon Line ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mason-Dixon Line ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Mason-Dixon AT Outdoor Festival makes its debut, courtesy of the Greater Waynesboro Pennsylvania Area Appalachian Trail Community, on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

This Appalachian Trail festival offers hikers and outdoor enthusiasts information about the Trail in the Mason-Dixon area and a variety of fun activities.

Admission is free for this rain or shine event at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, just west of where the Appalachian Trail crosses PA Rt. 16, from 10 AM until 4 PM.

With the title sponsor of Sharrett Subaru/Auto Stores, the event includes six live musical performances, starting at 11:00 (Cumberland Shakedown, Pooch and the Moochers, Drew Adams, Rooster and the Renegades, Secondhand, and Mateo Monk).

A national Subaru Leave No Trace traveling team will be on hand to show techniques of minimal impact practices. Their formal demonstration starts at 1:00.

Children's activities begin with a story hour at 10:30 with Smokey Bear and Crumbsnatcher the Shelter Mouse, making pine cone bird feeders at 11, and train rides starting at 1.

All day events include: kayaking demonstrations on the lake by Kirk's Kayaks, Whitetail's climbing wall, Tri-State Astronomers telescopes focused on sunspots, Laura Davis' facepainting, seated massages by Dr. Mindy Rouzer, free blood pressure screenings by Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue. Their new all-terrain rescue vehicle will be on display, with donations appreciated for new medic kits.

Long-distance hikers will be able to camp in the park Friday and Saturday nights along with the Subaru Leave No Trace Team and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club members. Registration starts Friday 5 - 9 at Red Run Park. There will be opportunities for the general public to "Meet the Hikers" and learn of their trail experiences and hiking recommendations.

From 12 - 3 at the nearby Rolling Mill Restaurant, an "eat and paint" class for a naturescape still has a few tickets at $45. Contact Catherine Hade if interested at cf4007@gmail.com.

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SAHC June Jamboree in the Highlands of Roan

Our friends with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) invite you to their annual day of free guided hikes and a social gathering in the incredible Highlands of Roan along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Five group hikes will include outings for all ages and ability levels. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, camera, walking stick, water, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars, and appropriate clothing for your hike. The weather may be sunny, rainy, windy or cool.

Afterwards there will be a social gathering in the afternoon on their recently protected SAHC property just outside the Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area. Enjoy fellowship with friends and family and learn about our recent conservation initiatives. Enjoy fellowship with friends and family and learn about our recent conservation initiatives. We will provide light refreshments and beverages. Stop by between anytime between 2 PM and 6 pm.

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A Musical Appalachian Trail Festival in Boiling Springs, PA

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Boiling Springs, PA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Boiling Springs, PA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Boiling Springs Appalachian Trail Community(TM) hope you'll attend the inaugural Appalachian Trail Music Festival from 2 PM until 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 at Children's Lake in Boiling Springs.

Guests are invited to bring a blanket or chair and relax and picnic while enjoying an afternoon of free live music that ranges from folk to funk!

The line up for the afternoon includes 45-minute sets by local musicians, including Wild Hymns (2 p.m.), Rivers (3 p.m.), Jack Kutz (4 p.m.), Mad Men (5 p.m.) and Mountain Ride (6 p.m.).

In addition to the live music, local trail clubs will also be on hand to answer questions, offer volunteer opportunities, and share hiking information.

Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PA ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Children's Lake in Boiling Springs, PA ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail through the wilderness or you can drive from town to town partying at fun Appalachian Trail events. Choose wisely.

Comments
Tom Kennedy on Jun 18, 2015
You forgot the 6th annual Feast in the Forest June 28th. Ten miles north of the Dwg. Biggest hiker feed north of the Mason Dixon