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Loyalsock State Forest

United States


Brochure InfoLoyalsock State Forest is named for Loyalsock Creek, a scenic freestone stream that winds through the heart of its 114,522 acres. The forest spans the northern tier’s “Endless Mountains” region in portions of Sullivan, Bradford, and Lycoming Counties. For more information visit the Loyalsock State Forest website and Facebook page. Brochure Info - OrientationThe Loyalsock State Forest is found in the Glaciated High Plateau and Deep Valleys ecoregions. Landforms, geology, and totality of ecosystem factors have made this forest district notable for: northern hardwood timber production, high occurrences of bogs, natural gas exploration, headwaters of the Susquehanna River, high gradient coldwater streams and waterfalls, thriving brook trout populations, and a low population density of human beings. There are numerous ecological and geological features of note including the Haystack Rapids, Dry Run Falls, Devil’s Elbow Natural Area and many more.Brochure Info - RecreationVisitors are drawn to the Loyalsock State Forest for its unmatched beauty and to participate in the many recreational activities available there. Over 130 miles of well-maintained public use roads offer both access to the forest and opportunities for scenic driving where there are numerous vistas. For the adventurous, there are over 200 miles of hiking trails, including the beloved Loyalsock Trail and Old Loggers Path. There are many shared use paths including the 52-mile Bridle Trail. The Loyalsock State Forest is a premier fishing destination with miles of streams featuring pristine, cascading water. The vast tracts of forest also offer excellent hunting opportunities amongst its diverse habitats. The McIntyre Wild Area and Kettle Creek Wild Area allow for exploration of forests with wild character. Just a few other favorite activities include canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking. In the winter months snowmobiling and cross country skiing are popular. For maps of these areas visit the Loyalsock State Forest map page. Brochure Info - Facilities and RestrictionsThe Loyalsock State Forest is managed primarily for dispersed recreation and facilities are generally limited. There are picnicking facilities at the Dry Run Picnic Area where pavilions, picnic tables, grills, and latrines are availableas well as at the Bear Wallow and Sones Pond Recreation Areas. The trailhead along World’s End Road (SR3009) has ample parking and a shelter that serves as an ideal gateway to the many trails in the area. The Loyalsock State Forest also has 4 designated camping areas and dozens of singular, remote, dispersed roadside campsites. These are designated with a signpost and campsite name. They are primitive in nature and most have no improvements, although some may have a picnic table or fire ring. Check the campsite details thoroughly.Brochure Info - Nearby AttractionsWorlds End State Park, Ricketts Glen State Park, Rider Park, Glacial Pools Preserve, Rose Valley Lake, Hunters LakeKey InfoOccupants are also subject to the following permit conditions: 1. Campfires, when permitted, require that adequate precautions be taken to prevent the spread of fire into the forest. All other fires are prohibited. Campfires shall be attended at all times. Campfires in both fire rings and in fireplaces are prohibited when the forest fire danger is determined by the Department to be High, Very High, or Extreme and between March 1 through May 25 without authorization from the District Forester or designee. This prohibition does not apply to self-contained camp stoves when used in a safe manner. A person causing a wildfire, in addition to possible criminal penalty, is liable for all damages, costs of extinction and fines. 2. Dead and down wood may be gathered and burned when permitted but may not be removed from the site. Power tools and chain saws are not permitted. 3. Destruction of Property, damaging, defacing, or removing any sign, structure, equipment or other material is prohibited. 4. Occupants shall include at least one person 18 years of age or older. This permit may not be reassigned or transferred. 5. Pets are permitted on State Forest land if they are kept under control and attended at all times. Manure and pet waste must be disposed of properly. 6. Disorderly conduct including the following is prohibited. Fighting or other behavior that is threatening, violent or tumultuous; using obscene language or making obscene gestures; creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which does not serve a legitimate purpose of the actor; creating an unreasonable noise that may disturb other visitors to State Forest land. 7. Sanitation and Food Storage:Washing in a water outlet, spring, lake or waterway and discharging trailer, camper or motor home sewage, sink or bath water on or into ground or surface waters is prohibited. Toilets must be used where provided. In other locations, self-contained toilets must be used when required or human waste deposited in hole 4-6 inches deep, 200 feet from water, campsite, or trails and covered and disguised. Food must be stored properly to prevent interaction with wildlife. Littering or disposal of garbage, paper, household refuse, waste or other material is prohibited. 8. Parking which obstructs a gate, road, trail, footpath, bicycle path, access way, entrance, exit or road turnaround on State Forest land is prohibited. Parking in area designated for a person with a disability, by the Department, is prohibited unless the vehicle has a valid plate or valid placard. 9. Cutting, picking, digging, damaging or removing a living or dead plant, vine, shrub, tree or flower on State Forest land without written authorization of the District Foresters or a designee is prohibited. Edible wild plants or plant parts may be gathered without authorization if they are gathered for own personal or family consumption. 10. Removing or disturbing historical or archeological resources from State Forest land without written authorization of the District Forester or a designee is prohibited. 11.Target Shooting with firearms, bows arrows or devices capable of launching projectiles, causing injury to persons or property is prohibited. This includes paintball guns. Violations: Violations of forest rules and regulations, or violations of a condition of this permit could result in any or all of the following consequences: 1. The permit may be revoked. This would result in the occupants being required to vacate the facility immediately. 2. The occupants may be required to leave the forest. 3. The occupants may be cited for a violation of the forest rules and regulations, a summary offense. 4. The occupants are responsible for any damage to campsite and related facilities that occurred during or due to their occupancy.Important Information for Daily EntranceDirectionFrom I-180, take Exit 15 and continue on US-220Nfor 30 miles to the District Office on the left.Booking Window Product InfoFee Cancellation DescPlease read our Fees and Cancellation Policies

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