Loyalsock State Forest


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Loyalsock Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps.

 

Loyalsock State Forest is named for the Loyalsock Creek, a scenic freestone stream that winds through the heart of its 114,552 acres. The forest spans across the northern tier's "Endless Mountains" and features flaming fall foliage and cascading waterfalls.

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Loyalsock Trail Detour
The Loyalsock Trail will be detoured in mid-August for a bridge renovation project.  Work on the historical iron truss bridge over the Loyalsock Creek on Rock Run Road at CCC Camp 95 in Sullivan County will commence in early June.  Vehicle or hiking traffic will not be impeded until the decking is removed in mid-August.  At that time hikers will need to ford the stream at a location upstream of the bridge.  The District staff will flag the best fording location prior to the bridge deck being removed.

 

Road Closures
Before traveling visitors should contact the Resource Management Center for updates at 570-946-4049 or by email to fd20@pa.gov.

2015 Planned Road Closures & Road Maintenance Activities

Loyalsock State Forest maintenance crews and contractors temporarily close State Forest roads to perform road maintenance activities, such as, culvert replacements, resurfacing, bridge work and other necessary tasks.  The following roads have work scheduled for 2015 and may be closed temporarily, during the work day or overnight:

Dry Run Road (Sullivan Co.) – full-depth reclamation work from the Hillsgrove Maintenance Station snowmobile parking lot up to the end of the pavement, beyond Dry Run Picnic Area, will begin on Wednesday, August 19th.  This section of Dry Run road will be closed to all traffic starting on the 19th and will remain closed until the project is completed and the DSA can withstand traffic, which could be Thursday the 27th or later depending on weather and operational conditions.  The gates will be closed at the parking lot and on the other end at Loyalsock Trail crossing/trailhead.  There will be no access to the Dry Run Picnic area or Dry Run Falls during this time.

Rock Run Road (Sullivan Co.) – The iron bridge over Loyalsock Creek is scheduled for rehab starting on Monday, October 5th.  Lycoming Supply will be repairing the Rt. 154 side abutment and spot painting the bridge.  The bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic for a period of three weeks, or until repairs are completed.  The parking lot near the abutment will also be closed to vehicle parking, and used as a staging area for equipment and materials.   Loyalsock Trail users will be required to ford Loyalsock Creek at their own risk, or utilize the Link Trail to avoid the crossing.

Rock Run Road (Sullivan Co.) from the iron bridge to Loyalsock Road intersection near Sones Pond will be resurfaced with Driving Surface Aggregate.  Road will be closed during the work day.  Mid to late September is the target date.

High Knob Road from World’s End Road to the loop and Dry Run Road (Sullivan Co.) from Route 87 to the gate – full-width paving and shoulder stabilization by PennDoT will occur the last week in September.  Roads will be closed to all traffic during the work day.  They anticipate 3-4 days to complete the operation.

Unplanned road closures for maintenance activities and weather emergencies can occur throughout the year, so calling in advanced of your visit to the Loyalsock State Forest is always a good idea.  Other road maintenance projects which don’t require a road closure, also occur throughout the year.  For your safety and the safety of our workers, please observe and obey traffic signage.

 
Don't Move Firewood
To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.