Loyalsock State Forest
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.
Pleasant Stream State Forest Road, is now open to public travel, camping (permit required), and firewood cutting (permit required). The final repairs to fix damage caused by flooding in 2010 and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 were completed on August 15, 2014. While the road is open and travelable, there are sections that still remain rough, soft, and muddy. Drivers should use caution when navigating the road, especially those with low ground clearance vehicles.
High Knob and Dry Run State Forest Roads, Sullivan County. These are two popular roads used to access High Knob Vista. High Knob road will be closed to thru traffic on Monday, August 25, 2014 and Tuesday, August 26, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. so that maintenance staff can replace two culvert pipes in the paved section of road near Ketchum Run. Access to the vista will be open from State Route 87 and Dry Run road only. Dry Run road will be closed to thru traffic on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 while the maintenance staff replaces one culvert pipe just east of the McCarty Road intersection. Access to the vista will be open from World’s End road and High Knob road only. Both High Knob road and Dry Run road will be closed in their entirety, State Route 87 to World’s End road, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. through Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to accommodate milling and patch-paving damaged sections of the paved road. There will be no thru traffic or access to High Knob Vista. Since scheduled road repairs can change for a variety of reasons, please call the District Office for the latest updates if you have travel plans in the affected area.
Hoagland Branch Road, a township road that accesses state forest land, damaged during Tropical Storm Lee, is closed from the intersection with Dry Run township road down to the first bridge coming in from Elk Creek road (Sr4001). Repairs to fix or replace three bridges and the washed out road sections began in June 2014. The project schedule indicates the final bridge replacement will be completed in August 2015.
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.