Hawk Rock Overlook along the Appalachian Trail

County: Perry

Length: 2 miles

Trail Access Points: Watershed Drive in the gravel parking lot

Trail Surface: Natural surface 

Activities: Hiking, walking

Description:

This short hike takes visitors on one of the most iconic trails in the US, the Appalachian Trail, and rewards them with a stunning overlook of the Susquehanna River. 

From the main parking area, take the trail going uphill next to the road. While this connector trail is steep, it is easy to follow and relatively smooth. After about 10 minutes, you will see the Appalachian Trail (AT) coming in from your left; turn right onto the AT. Once on the AT, you will follow the white blazes located on the trees up to Hawk Rock Trail.

After a few minutes on the AT, the trail becomes very rocky. Take care to watch your step; remember to look for the white blazes, as they will be helpful in keeping you on the trail in this area. Once you pass the rocks, you will have another 5-10 minutes of hiking before you reach Hawk Rock Overlook, about a 30 minute hike all together.

After you have enjoyed the views at Hawk Rock Overlook, you can either head back down the mountain towards your car or you can continue to Cove Mountain Overlook for a better view. Please Note: Do not attempt to walk this route when it is wet or icy, as the trail become rocky. 

Parking and Trail Access:

From Highway 15, take the exit for 274 West to Duncannon. Turn left on South Main Street; South Main Street becomes Inn Road. After crossing Sherman Creek, take your first right onto Little Boston Road. Little Boston Road intersects Watershed Drive. Follow Watershed Drive to a gravel parking lot behind some residential homes. The trail is accessible from the gravel lot. 

Information courtesy of uncoveringpa.com

Photos Courtesy: Dylan Schwartz