Hiking Trails of Worlds End State Park
The over 20 miles of hiking trails at Worlds End State Park are mostly rocky with steep sections that climb the surrounding mountains and provide scenic views and good exercise. Hikers should wear proper footgear and be extra cautious in the winter and spring when trail surfaces can be frozen or icy.
Butternut Trail: 2.5-mile loop, more difficult hiking, orange blazes
This uneven, rocky trail originates at the east side of the Cabin Bridge and makes a circuitous loop through a northern hardwood forest. Lower Road travels parallel to and above Loyalsock Creek and crosses Butternut Run, an intermittent stream. Upper Road travels an old logging road. Butternut Vista offers a view of the Loyalsock Valley above and downstream of the park campground.
Canyon Vista Trail: 4-mile loop, more difficult hiking with steep sections, blue blazes
This trail explores the eastern half of the park and rewards the hiker with a spectacular view of the Loyalsock Creek gorge from its vista, which is an elevation of 1750 feet. Many wildflowers grow beneath the canopy of maturing ash, sugar maple and black cherry trees. Be sure to explore the blocky maze of the Rock Garden adjacent to the vista. A second rock labyrinth is found in the easternmost section of the trail where it runs parallel to Cold Run Road.
Double Run Nature Trail: 1.2-mile loop, more difficult hiking with short, steep sections, white rectangle with green stripe blazes
This trail begins and ends on PA 154 across from the park chapel. It travels through rich, fertile woodlands along the west branch of Double Run. Solomon seal, wild ginger, jack-in-the-pulpit and other spring, ephemeral wildflowers grow abundantly along this trail, which has waterfalls and pools.
High Rock Trail: 1 mile, most difficult hiking, red blazes
This steep trail begins at the east side of the Cabin Bridge. An elevation gain of several hundred feet is made as the trail crosses the intermittent High Rock Run and climbs upward through a maze of lichen-encrusted rocks and boulders to reach High Rock Vista. The trail descends through mountain laurel and hardwoods to PA 154 north of the park entrance. Please be safe and stay on the trail.
Link Trail: 7 miles, more difficult hiking, yellow circle with red X blazes
Beginning at the Cabin Bridge, the trail runs adjacent to Loyalsock Creek and then meanders through the rich and fertile woodland alongside the cascading Double Run. After steep ascent to Loyalsock Canyon Vista, the trail makes its way through Loyalsock State Forest to intersect Loyalsock Trail at Rock Run Road mile 55.33. When combined with the LT, it is possible to make a 16.2-mile loop.
Loyalsock Trail (LT): 59.21 miles, most difficult hiking, red and yellow blazes
This trail follows the mountain ridges and streams of the Loyalsock watershed. This rugged trail runs from PA 87 near Loyalsockville to US 220 north of Laporte. It passes through the park as it travels through Loyalsock State Forest on footpaths, old logging roads and abandoned railroad grades. Detailed maps are available for purchase at the park office, which is at mile post 45.9 of the LT. Further information may be obtained from: the Alpine Club of Williamsport. http://lycoming.org/alpine
Worlds End Trail: 3.25 miles, more difficult hiking, yellow blazes
This trail begins at the park office. Hemlock and hardwood trees line the trail as it ascends a steep mountainside to arrive at Worlds End Vista, overlooking the park beach. Then the trail crosses Pioneer Road, where travelers over a century ago possibly gave the area its name ‘Worlds End’ when they saw the precipitous drop to the river below. The trail ascends into the state forest and ends at Loyalsock Trail at mile 37.77, within Coal Mine Road Loop. When combined with LT, it is possible to make an 11.5-mile loop.