Visitors can access the Knob February 2nd by hiking up Woodland Ave or by bus from downtown locals. Bus passes are $5.00 per person.
Passes will be available at the bus stops on Feb. 2. Purchase a pass at: https://shop.groundhog.org/collections/tickets/products/bus-pass-2023
There are a very limited number of Parking Passes at the Knob which are available for sale. Parking Passes are SOLD OUT!
Find out more about Groundhog Day transportation.
Do not bring a lawn chair to Gobbler’s Knob.
There is not a fee to get into the Knob for the live entertainment and the main event.
The Inner Circle begins their Trek to the Knob at 7:15 a.m. Phil does his Prognostication at about 7:28 a.m.
Between 3:30 a.m. and 7:00 am. there is live entertainment and fireworks.
There are port-a-potties, a bonfire, a concession stand, and souvenir stand.
The concession stand provides hot food and drinks and is cash only.
The weather is usually cold. It is Winter in Western Pennsylvania. So, dress appropriately! The entire event is outdoors so be prepared.
We do have emergency services on staff if there are any issues.
There is a firework show that starts at 6:30 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob on February 2nd! It is a must a see.
There is an area closer to the front of the stage called the ‘Inner Circle Section’. There are passes for this section that will go on sale in the late fall. Members of the Groundhog Club have the first opportunity to purchase them before the general public. Purchase online at: Tickets are SOLD OUT!
FAQ and Insider Tips for Groundhog Day:
3. Can I just walk to Gobbler’s Knob?
a. Yes, but keep in mind the Knob is located almost 2 miles uphill from most parking lots downtown.
4. Where do I catch the bus to Gobbler’s Knob on Groundhog Day?
a. There are THREE bus stops available. They are located at: Aldi’s Parking lot (West Mahoning Street/Route 36), Barkley Square (town center in downtown Punxsutawney) and at the Wal-Mart parking lot (Route 119). Parking is available at all locations, but parking is very limited at Barclay Square area.
5. When do the buses start taking visitors to Gobbler’s Knob on February 2nd?
a. Buses start running from the three designated areas (see Question 3) at 3:00 am and will continue until after the ceremony concludes until at least 9:00 am.
6. Are their bathrooms on the buses?
7. Are their bathrooms at the Knob?
Numerous portable bathrooms (port-a-potties) are on site for the event.
9. Are alcoholic beverages permitted or sold at the Knob?
a. Alcohol is NOT permitted, nor is it sold.
11. What do I do if I, or a member of my group, gets really cold?
a. Keep in mind this is an outdoor event and there are no designated indoor warming areas for the general public. A large bonfire is located near the Knob. For cases of hypothermia or slip and fall accidents, medics are available on site.
12. Can I bring a backpack?
a. Yes, you can, for extra warm socks, mittens, snacks, etc, but you cannot bring alcohol and all back packs are subject to inspection. There will be a State Police and local police presence to enforce this rule.
13. Is this a good event for small kids or elderly?
a. No. We caution against bringing small children or the elderly due to the severe cold in the early hours of the morning and limited access to warmth. Also, if it has snowed in days leading up to Groundhog Day, the terrain can be slippery.
14. Is there a spot for wheelchairs?
a. Yes, there is a handicapped access platform for viewing the festivities. Keep in mind there are no paved surfaces at Gobbler’s Knob over which to maneuver wheelchairs or walkers…it is natural terrain. Snow will be cleared for access to the platform however.
15. Are there benches or chairs? What is the set-up for viewing the event?
a. There are no benches or chairs. Visitors stand to take part of the fun! Gobbler’s Knob is a natural amphitheater in the woods. The land where the crowd gathers to watch the festivities is sloped downgradient toward Phil’s stump on the stage. Everyone will definitely be able to see the festivities no matter where they are standing! There’s music, performances, entertainment, special guests, and even fireworks that keep the crowd moving and energized.
16. AFTER the events of Gobbler’s Knob, how do I get back into town for festivities or to my car parked at a bus stop?
a. Your bus pass will also get you off the Knob and return you to the parking lots.
Just remember the name of your bus stop where you left your car.
b. Once the ceremony ends, about 7:30 in the morning, busses will transport visitors back to their cars or to downtown locations. There are lots of activities going on throughout the community after the Proclamation.
18. If I visit the weekend before Groundhog Day, what is there to do?
32. Are their hotels or motels in Punxsy to stay?
a. Yes, there are, but if you haven’t already made reservations, you are unlikely to get a room. This event is so popular that hotel rooms in the entire region often book up a year in advance!
33. Is there a place where I can just warm up and catch a snooze?
a. Yes, check out the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce website for information on the Crash Pad at the Punxsutawney Community Center. Sleeping bags welcome.
34. Can’t I Uber to and from the Knob?
a. The Groundhog Club makes no arrangements with Uber drivers. Even if you found a driver, remember that the Uber vehicle is not permitted on the roads leading to and from the Knob because of the large number of school busses transporting visitors.