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Hiking at Loyalsock State Forest

Hiking opportunities abound on the Loyalsock State Forest. The two most popular hiking destinations are the Loyalsock Trail and the Old Logger’s Path, although there are nearly 200 miles of other unique marked and unmarked trails.

State Forest Hiking Trails

Loyalsock Trail

A designated State Forest Hiking Trail, the Loyalsock Trail is for the more adventurous outdoor enthusiasts with hiking and backpacking in mind.

This 59-mile trail passes through the rugged forested mountains and valleys of the Loyalsock State Forest. Known locally as the “LT”, this trail is sure to provide challenges and tranquility to all hikers.

Backpack camping is permitted along the trail except in locations designated closed to camping.

Parking is available at the southern terminus along Pennsylvania Route 87 and at the northern terminus along U.S. Route 220. Parking also is available at most locations where the trail crosses a state forest road.

To acquire an excellent informational booklet and trail map, please contact:

The Alpine Club of Williamsport
P.O. Box 501
Williamsport, PA 17701

Old Logger’s Path

A designated State Forest Hiking Trail, this 27-mile hiking trail traverses the valleys of Rock Run and Pleasant Stream, as well as the former town of Masten, which was once a lumber mill company town with more than 1,000 residents and later the site of CCC Camp S-80.

The footpath utilizes old logging trails and the grades of logging railroads. The Old Logger’s Path offers stunning vistas and clear, cold, cascading streams.

You can acquire a map of this trail system by contacting the Resource Management Center at 570-946-4049.

Old Logger’s Path Reroute

A section of the Old Logger’s Path near Short Run has been rerouted to avoid a deteriorating, steep hill climb and a section of the trail following Masten Road.

The move avoids damage caused by the October 2016 flood, while offering an easier climb and increased trail sustainability.

When traveling the trail in a clockwise direction -- after crossing Pleasant Stream -- veer to the right and hike up the Short Run drainage to Masten Road.

Cross the road and continue upslope to an old railroad grade where you will hike in a westerly direction before dropping off the grade and reconnecting with the existing trail. The new trail is well marked with blazes and sign posts.

To view the affected area, please see the Old Logger’s Path Reroute Map (PDF).

Other District Trails

Jacoby Falls Trail

Conveniently located along Wallis Run Road, just north of Montoursville, this short day-hike trail offers a breathtaking view of Jacoby Run Falls.

The trailhead offers plenty of parking and the trail has an incredible display of spring wildflowers along its route. It is a great trail for the family to hike and have a picnic lunch at the foot of the waterfall.

You can acquire a map of this trail by contacting the Resource Management Center at 570-946-4049.

Hiking Trail Maps

Loyalsock State Forest Hiking Trail Map and Guide (PDF)

Loyalsock State Forest and Link Trail Map and Guide (PDF)

Old Loggers Path Trail Map (PDF)

Blessing Mountain Trails Map and Guide (PDF)

Fern Rock Nature Trail Map and Guide (PDF)

Haystack Rapids Trail Map and Guide (PDF)

Jacoby Falls Trail Map and Guide (PDF)

Rock Run Valley Trails Map and Guide (PDF)

Rough Hill Trail Map and Guide (PDF)