Worlds End State Park

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Worlds End State Park

Pennsylvania

(570) 924-3287

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Overview

Worlds End State Park is in a narrow S-shaped valley of the Loyalsock Creek just south of Forksville, Sullivan County. Loyalsock Canyon Vista, reached via Mineral Spring and Cold Run roads, provides outstanding views, especially during fall foliage.

Early settlers to the area used two horse trails to cross the rugged highland from Muncy Creek to the forks of Loyalsock Creek at the town of Forksville. This treacherous road became obsolete in 1895 with the building of PA 154. Pioneer Road Trail and Worlds End Road follow the path of the old horse trail. Worlds End Vista, at the junction of Pioneer Road Trail and Worlds End Trail, is the view that possibly inspired the name of the park. The scenery is spectacular, especially the June mountain laurel and fall foliage. The Loyalsock Canyon Vista, reached via Mineral Spring and Cold Run roads, and nearby High Knob Vista, provide outstanding views of the Endless Mountains region. Scenery is particularly unforgettable during the June mountain laurel bloom and the fall foliage period in October. Just upslope from Loyalsock Canyon Vista is the Rock Garden. This blocky maze of rock is composed of very hard conglomerate and sandstone that has been eroded and frost heaved to create the deep, narrow crevices, which are perfect for exploration. The extensive forest cover, hemlock valleys and mountainous terrain provide ideal habitat for 'big woods' wildlife. White-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey are regularly sighted. Worlds End State Park provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, numerous hiking trails, and interesting geologic formations. Loyalsock Creek also provides a great area for water recreation. At Worlds End State Park, visitors can partake in a variety of activities.

Map of Worlds End (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.463040, -76.573299

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whitewater boaters may use Loyalsock Creek at any time of the year, although the area by the swimming beach is closed during the summer. The best water is March to May. Due to rapid fluctuations in water level, kayakers should inquire about conditions before coming to the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Over 200 species of birds have been recorded. Many breeding species that one could expect to find further north are present, including northern goshawk, yellow-bellied flycatcher and white-throated sparrow.

  • Camping

    The 19 rustic cabins are available for rent year-round. Rentals are for one week periods during the summer, and two-night minimum stays in the off-season. A 70-site tent and trailer campground is along PA 154, one mile east of the park office. Half of the campsites have electric hookups. Water and shower houses are within a short distance of all sites.

  • Fishing

    Loyalsock Creek is stocked with trout by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The cold mountain water provides good fishing most of the year.

  • Hiking

    The over 20 miles of hiking trails of Worlds End State Park are mostly rocky with steep sections that climb the surrounding mountains.

  • Hunting

    About half of Worlds End State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, grouse, squirrel, bear and turkey.

  • Picnicking

    The main picnic area is along Loyalsock Creek just upstream of the swimming area. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnickers are asked to dispose of hot charcoal in the facilities provided. Four large picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

  • RVing

    A 70-site tent and trailer campground is along PA 154, one mile east of the park office. Half of the campsites have electric hookups. Water and shower houses are within a short distance of all sites. A sanitary dumping station is available for emptying travel trailer holding tanks. Pets are permitted at designated sites. The campground is closed in the winter.

  • Water Sports

    A small dam on Loyalsock Creek forms a swimming area that is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset. Whitewater boaters may use Loyalsock Creek at any time of the year, although the area by the swimming beach is closed during the summer. The best water is March to May.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The extensive forest cover, hemlock valleys and mountainous terrain provide ideal habitat for 'big woods' wildlife. White-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey are regularly sighted. The patient observer can find bobcat, coyote and river otter.

    Do not feed wildlife. Keep food locked inside cabins or vehicles. Wildlife is best viewed by walking any of the hiking trails or slowly driving the extensive Loyalsock State Forest roads in and around the park.

  • Winter Sports

    Several miles of park roads are used as joint-use snowmobile trails. Several park areas are suitable for Nordic skiing. A 20-mile trail network is close by on state forest land.

Directions

Driving

The park is along PA 154 and is easily reached from: PA 87 from Williamsport and west; PA 42 from I-80 and south; and PA 87 from Dushore and the north and east.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(570) 924-3287

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