Loyalsock State Forest


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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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WARNING  -  State Forest roads are not maintained for automobile traffic during the winter, yet are groomed for snowmobile travel.  The groomed appearance may lead motorists to believe that they can safely travel these groomed trails in a motor vehicle.  Groomed snowmobile trails appear to be hard-packed, but they quickly become very icy or soft and hide the true snow depth along the road edges.  Drivers can easily find themselves sliding off the packed surface or breaking through the packed surface while negotiating hills, curves, or turning around.  Once stuck, vehicles pose a hazard to snowmobilers, occupants of the vehicle may be stranded far from help without cell phone service, and the cost to have a towing service remove the vehicle can exceed $500.  It is the vehicle owner’s responsibility to have it safely removed from the State Forest roadway and off of State Forest land.  Bureau of Forestry personnel are not permitted to assist with vehicle removal except for help contacting a tow service.

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

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.

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.