Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015

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Tips for Birding

From I-81, take exit 11 and go south on PA-233 for 2.5 miles and turn left (east) on Pine Road. Go 1.3 miles and turn left (north) on Sheaffer Road. Go 0.1 mile to the fish hatchery parking area on the right.

Walk north on Shaeffer Road, cross the Yellow Breeches Creek and take the trail to the right (east). This 0.7 mile trail loops around Hidden Pond.

Return to Pine Road, turn left (east) and go 0.7 mile and turn left (north) on Enck's Mill Road. Go 0.2 mile and pull to the side of the road to scan the pond.

About this Location

This Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission fish hatchery has a nice pond, known as Hidden Pond, that attracts dabbling ducks as long as it remains unfrozen.

Wood Duck nest nearby and Black-crowned Night-Heron roost here in spring and early summer. In migration it is good for rails, American Bittern, Osprey, and swallows.

It is a very reliable location for Rusty Blackbird in spring.

The nearby Enck's Mill Road Pond, located just to the east of Huntsdale, is also worth checking for migrant waterfowl. This pond can be observed from the roadside.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Last updated February 27, 2024

Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology