Loyalsock State Forest Advisories
Loyalsock Closures Due to COVID-19
Please see the DCNR
alert details regarding state forest closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Camping and Fuelwood Permits
Remote fulfillment of camping and fuelwood permits can be accommodated by contacting the Loyalsock State Forest District office. Relevant forms will be provided and electronically submitted via email.
Avoid Active Construction Zones
State forest visitors are reminded that it is unlawful and dangerous to enter active construction zones. Construction zones are clearly defined and public entry is prohibited. Construction work areas include:
Pleasant Stream Road
- Upper Pleasant Stream Road
- Mill Creek Road
- Camels Road
- Hillsgrove Road
Bodine Mountain Road Closure
January 9, 2019: The north end of Bodine Mountain Road (starting at Heylman Trail), is closed until further notice due to poor road conditions.
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.
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.
Engineers are currently planning repairs, which are anticipated to be completed by the end of summer 2020.
Cascade/Big Hollow/Mill Creek/Bear Wallow/Camels/Hillsgrove Road Construction
Cascade Township-Lycoming County, Fox and Hillsgrove Townships-Sullivan County -- Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. continues road construction operations throughout much of the flood damaged area west of Hillsgrove/Route 87.
Road repairs are planned through the summer and fall of 2019. Travelers are cautioned that roads may be closed at times, and road conditions will be very rough while under construction.
Heavy truck traffic and road closures will be necessary throughout the area as construction continues. Visitors must use caution and obey all traffic and road closure signs.
- Road reconstruction
- Bridge installations (two) on Camels Road and Hillsgrove Road
- Culvert repair
- Roadbank/ditch stabilization
- Road resurfacing
The Masten Camping Area, Old Loggers Path Trailhead, and Bear Wallow Pond will remain open during construction, however, visitors should use caution when accessing these sites, and not leave vehicles near or in the way of construction equipment. Road repairs are expected to be complete by late fall 2019.
Big Hollow Road Bridge Construction
LTT Trucking, Inc. has begun reconstruction of the flood-damaged bridge carrying Big Hollow Road over Mill Creek. The existing bridge will remain in place and an additional span added. Major gravel removal and bank stabilization also will be completed. Work is anticipated to continue through the summer with the bridge expected to open in fall 2019.
General Road Closures
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.
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 the section referred to as Upper Pleasant Stream Road, from Masten upstream to Dry Run Road (Fox Township). The section from Route 14 to Long Run is under design and work is expected to begin in summer of 2020 with expected finish date fall of 2020. From Long Run to Masten, the contract is out for bid with work expected to begin in summer of 2020 with expected finish date fall of 2020. From Masten to Dry Run Road, the section is currently open but two bridges will be replaced in summer of 2020.
Walker Road is closed and work is expected to begin in summer of 2020.
Mill Creek Road is closed from the Twin Creeks bridge to the west. The flood-damaged section is to be re-routed and work is expected to begin in summer 2020.
Big Hollow Road is closed from Mill Creek Road west to Gooseberry Haul Road for bridge replacement. Work is expected to be finished in fall of 2019.
Upper Camels Road is closed from Deer Trail to the west, with work completion expected in fall 2019.
Hillsgrove Road is closed from the Old Logger’s Path crossing to the east. Completion of work is expected in fall 2019.
Some township roads used to access the Loyalsock State Forest in this area also are closed:
Hoagland Branch Road in Fox Twp. from
Elk Creek Road north to
Porter Road is closed and currently under construction, with completion of work expected in fall 2019.
Bear Wallow Pond Construction
An ADA-accessible fishing area is currently under construction at Bear Wallow Pond. Visitors are asked to avoid parking at or disturbing the ADA walkway leading to the pond's edge. Completion of work is expected by mid-August 2019.
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 and spotted lanternfly. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it, and be sure to burn it all in the locale where it was cut or bought.