Backpacking the Loyalsock Trail

Date and Time

Friday, May 10, 2019 3:00PM - Sunday, May 12, 2019 2:00PM


Worlds End State Park, Forksville, PA,
Pennsylvania, Eastern,
PA United States


Registration is required for this activity.

Please note:
In order to comply with Pennsylvania Youth Protection Laws, all children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. This policy applies for all events offered by the Delaware Valley Chapter as well as any other chapter events within the state of Pennsylvania.


Loyalsock State Forest's rocky and occasionally steep trails will provide us with an excellent setting for this backpacking adventure. As the trail guide mentions, "The name Loyalsock Creek is from the Native American phrase, 'LAWI-SAQUICK,' meaning middle creek, since it flows between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek." This area features rugged, forested mountains and valleys will offer us rich views of flora and fauna. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), visitors have observed black bears, an occasional bobcat, and even coyotes and river otters. Worlds End State Park, in the heart of Loyalsock State Forest, will be our meeting place and overnight parking location. We will begin our trip just off PA-154 on the High Rock and Loyalsock Trails. The first part of our trip will be the 7.5-mile Section 7 of the Loyalsock Trail from Worlds End State Park to Sones Pond, a possible dinner and overnight camping spot. We will continue on the Loyalsock Trail for another two miles or so until we cross the Loyalsock Creek on the (extremely convenient) Iron Bridge. From here, we will follow the 7.2-mile Link Trail to complete our loop hike, approximately 17 miles total. Meeting time at the Worlds End State Park Visitors Center is Saturday, May 11 at 8 AM. The visitor's center has maps and other information, restrooms, and water. We will register our vehicles here for overnight parking. The estimated travel times from the Delaware Water Gap and the Philadelphia area to Worlds End are two and a half and three hours, respectively. Plan accordingly! Equipment: Bring two to three liters of water and be equipped to filter or boil. Bring a variety of snacks to eat on the trail, two lunches, one breakfast, and one dinner. Follow the REI Backpacking Checklist for general guidance on gear. Direct detailed questions to one of the leaders. Participants will have their gear checked by one of the leaders before leaving the trailhead. Trail Information and Maps: Worlds End State Park - Review the park brochure and map for general information. Contact the park office directly at 570-924-3287 or with detailed questions. Loyalsock State Forest - Review the state forest brochure and map for general information. Call the state forest office directly at 570-946-4049 with detailed questions. Loyalsock Trail - Review the DCNR brochure and map and visit the Alpine Club of Williamsport website ( for general information. Order and review the club's trail guide from the Keystone Trail Association bookstore at for more details. Notice to Registrants: While anyone may register, this is a scouting trip that it will be run by leaders-in-training with experienced, qualified leaders providing backup.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $0.01 member / $0.01 non-member
*Friday Night Lodging: For those who are interested in camping one more night, we have a group site reserved at Worlds End State Park that is large enough for our entire group. The site features the luxury of a pit toilet less than 300 feet away. Those of us who choose this option will split the $43 fee. Hotel accommodations in the immediate area are not abundant. If you want to stay overnight indoors and somewhat close to the trailhead, your best bet would be the Eagle's Mere Inn.

Related Link(s):

Detailed Route Information
Loyalsock State Forest Brochure and Map
Loyalsock Trail Brochure and Map
REI Backpacking Checklist
Worlds End State Park Brochure
Worlds End State Park Map

Driving Directions

From the Delaware Water Gap: Take I-80 W to Exit 232, about 80 miles, and follow signs for PA-42 N (Millville) Continue on PA-42 until just N of Unityville; turn left onto PA-118 W (briefly) After about a quarter mile, turn right to continue north on PA-42 From the Philadelphia area: Take I-476, PA Turnpike Northeast Extension, to Exit 105, about 85 miles, and follow signs for PA-115 N (Wilkes-Barre) Continue on PA-115 until just east of I-81; stay left to continue on N Cross Valley Expressway Continue onto PA-309 N for about 50 miles Just before entering Trucksville, turn left onto Hillside Road Follow Hillside Road for about three miles where it will become Old Route 115 Continue on Old Route 115 until it arrives at PA-118 W Turn left and continue W on PA-118 for about 22 miles At the intersection with PA-239 N, turn right Merge onto PA-42 N Directions from Delaware Water Gap and Philadelphia converge at Beach Glen, Route 220: Turn right onto Route 220 for about a mile At Muncy Valley, turn left to continue on PA-42 N Just before entering Eagles's Mere, turn left onto State Road 3009, Worlds End Road, and continue to its end at PA-154 Turn left at the intersection to enter the state park Just before crossing the Loyalsock Creek bridge, turn right onto Cabin Bridge Road and park in the day use area near the bathhouse Walk to the Visitor's Center



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N.Y. - North Jersey


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Nearby AMC Destination

AMC Bethlehem PA Office




Adults (18+)


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Dean Witman is a part-time instructor for Princeton University Aquatics. Until recently, he was a college teacher and aquatics instructor in Wisconsin. He has more than twenty years of business experience in supply chain management and quality improvement. Dean received a master's degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University. Dean is a NOLS WMI-certified Wilderness First Responder.


I have been leading backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club since 1975. I enjoy taking the time to look at the scenery and have a relatively slow pace. I am patient with beginners and enjoy helping them learn new skills.