Loyalsock State Forest Advisories
Winter Road Conditions
All roads within Loyalsock State Forest are not maintained for winter weather conditions, and extreme caution needs to be taken when traveling state forest roads during the season.
Traveling state forest roads in winter is, “travel at your own risk.” State forest visitors who get stuck will be required to pay for towing/removal service. Currently, many of Loyalsock State Forest roads are down to one lane and are covered with snow and ice.
Yellowdog Road in Lycoming County is all ice, and multiple vehicles have become stranded. If traveling to hike the Old Loggers Path, please call the forest district office ahead of time to ask about conditions and safe access points.
Loyalsock Trail Advisory
Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) is constructing a natural gas pipeline from its well pad on Allegheny Ridge (Little Bear area of Loyalsock State Forest) along portions of the Bryan Hay Trail and a small section of the Loyalsock Trail -- east of mile marker 3.38, and then south on an old logging road to a destination on private land.
The 50 foot-wide clearing is directly adjacent to the Loyalsock Trail for approximately 100 yards. Trail markers are located on the north side of the opening. Hikers should use caution when traversing this area and avoid construction equipment. The forest district is working with the Alpine Club of Williamsport and PGE to assess and resolve potential long-term impacts to this section of the trail, extending to mile marker 1.95, in totality rather than piecemeal as PGE’s operation moves forward.
HAGERMAN RUN ROAD CLOSURE
Lewis Township, Lycoming County -- Hagerman Run Road between Route 14 and Narrow Mountain Road will be closed to vehicle traffic starting Tuesday, September 4, 2018, for approximately two weeks for road repairs. Access to points north of the road closure will be from:
- Grays Run Road
- Dry Run Road
- Long Run Road
BrunnerDale Road Construction
Shrewsbury Township, Sullivan County -- A major road rehabilitation project on 4.4 miles of Brunnerdale Road that began in May is projected to last through September. The work includes:
- Replacement of culverts
- Installation of two French mattresses
- Ditch shaping
- Resurfacing with paver-placed Driving Surface Aggregate (DSA)
Work will occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., depending on weather. The road will be closed at the point of construction and no through-traffic will be allowed. Signs indicating when the road will be closed will be posted at each end of Brunnerdale Road.
PennDOT has closed Ogdonia Road between Route 87 and Brunnerdale Road intersection for flood damage repairs. There is no estimate when the section of road will be re-opened. Access to Hunters Lake will be via Ogdonia Road. Access to the Hunter’s Lake boat launch will be from Route 220 to Deer Lake Road, to Ogdonia Road, to the west end of Brunnerdale Road and in to the launch. Maintenance staff will be working on Brunnerdale Road between the boat launch and Route 42 for the next several weeks.
Mineral Spring Road Closure
Forks Twp./Sullivan Co. -- Mineral Spring Road is closed from Route 154 to the intersection of Cold Run Road due to a large road embankment slide. Access to Canyon Vista and points south of World’s End Campground is from World’s End Road or Shanerburg Road. There is no estimated time for repair or reopening of the road.
PLEASANT STREAM ROAD/HILLSGROVE ROAD
McNett/Cascade Townships, Lycoming County -- Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. will begin a major road construction project at the intersection of Pleasant Stream road and Hillsgrove road on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. This $900,000 project is to repair damage caused by the October 21, 2016, flood event. Work will include:
- Building demolition
- Road reconstruction
- Culvert repair
- Roadbank/ditch stabilization
- Road resurfacing
The work area will extend from near the old trestle on Upper Pleasant Stream Road, west through the intersection to the beginning of the large slide near Short Run. There will be heavy truck traffic on Masten Township Road and the open portions of Pleasant Stream Road.
The Masten Camping Area and Old Loggers Path Trailhead will remain open during construction, but visitors should use caution when accessing these sites and not leave vehicles near or in the way of construction equipment. There is no projected completion date at this time.
Unplanned road closures for maintenance activities and weather emergencies can occur throughout the year, so calling or emailing in advance of your visit to the Loyalsock State Forest is always a good idea. Contact the Resource Management Center for updates at 570-946-4049.
Other road maintenance projects which don't require a road closure also occur throughout the year. For your safety and the safety of our workers, please observe and obey traffic signage.
OLD LOGGERS PATH TRAIL ADVISORY
A portion of the Old Loggers Path that runs on Pleasant Stream Road in Masten will be impacted by a major road construction project. See the Pleasant Stream Road/Hillsgrove Road advisory for more information on the project.
Hikers using this portion of the trail are advised to use caution near the construction area, avoid active construction equipment/vehicles, and heed any safety signage or guidance. There may be times when it’s necessary to ford Pleasant Stream and bypass the construction site by traveling adjacent to the road, through the woods, for a short section.
The Old Loggers Path trailhead at the Masten Camping Area will remain open during the project; however, hikers are encouraged to use the Krimm Road trailhead/parking area off Ellenton Ridge road to avoid the construction activity.
FLOOD DAMAGED AREA
Map of the Flood Damaged Area and Roads Closed to Motor Vehicles (PDF)
Lycoming and Sullivan Counties -- Roads closed to motor vehicles include:
Pleasant Stream Road is closed except for a very short section that allows access into the Masten Camping Area and Old Logger’s Path Trailhead.
Walker Road is closed.
Mill Creek Road is closed from the Twin Creeks bridge to the west.
Big Hollow Road is closed from Mill Creek Road west to Gooseberry Haul Road.
Upper Camels Road is closed from Deer Trail to the west.
Hillsgrove Road is closed for the one-tenth mile on the Masten end, and from the Old Logger’s Path crossing to the east.
Some township roads used to access the Loyalsock State Forest in this area also are closed:
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.