Opt Outside Hike

Opt Outside Graphic, River of Rocks Background Photo

$10 for Members and students
Limited to 25 participants

Click here to register!

This year, Hawk Mountain is again joining the movement for people to reconnect outdoors over the holidays. Instead of venturing for deals, #OptOutside and embrace the PA autumn outdoors with your loved ones. Connect with nature and enjoy fresh, open air! 

Join Hawk Mountain and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for a guided hike on our beautiful River of Rocks trail to reconnect with nature and get some exercise. Learn about the importance of the surrounding Kittatinny Ridge for bird migration and raptor conservation, while discovering the history and hiking magic of the Appalachian Trail. During the hike, we will also focus on Leave No Trace principles, as well as the value of the Kittatinny Ridge as a state and Global Important Bird Area and its connections to the Wild East. 

The River of Rocks Trail is classified as difficult due to its sections of rocky terrain, but hikers of all ages can enjoy this hike. Participants should anticipate over 4 miles of rugged natural trails, lots of rocks underfoot and a steep descent, and should come prepared with a daypack with water and lunch, sturdy shoes, and a sense of adventure. Snacks will be provided.

If you can't make it for the guided hike, the trails will be open all day for any and all visitors who #OptOutside! And be sure to share with the hashtag on social media and tag us in your posts.

In our increasingly urbanized society, we all need to find time to breathe fresh air and reflect; spending time outdoors lifts us up. Several years ago, REI started this #OptOutside movement by closing their doors and inviting their employees to head outdoors and connect with nature instead of fighting Black Friday crowds. Now, many non-profits and companies do the same and encourage EVERYONE to opt outside!