World’s End State Park is a forested valley that surrounds Loyalsock Creek. World’s End covers 780 acres and the surrounding Loyalsock State Forest covers over 100,000 more acres. The PA Department of Natural Resources and Conservation listed World’s End as a “Must-See Pennsylvania State Park”. The park was once home to early settlers and Native Americans before them. World’s End is a great place to visit year round for sightseeing, hiking, camping, and many other activities. There are swimming holes for hot summer days and you can cross country ski and visit frozen waterfalls in the winter.
What Makes It Great
The main draw of World’s End State Park is the wild and rugged forest. There are over 20 miles of trails in World’s End and even more that venture into the Loyalsock State Forest. On the trails, you will see hardwood forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, picturesque vistas, and wildlife.
Butternut Trail leaves from the cabin area and follows orange blazes for a 2.5 mile loop including a view of the Loyalsock Valley from Butternut Vista. Canyon Vista is a 4 mile loop that starts from the campground and reaches another overlook of the valley and a maze of boulders at 1750 feet.
For a longer hike, checkout the Link Trail and World’s End Trail. The Link Trail starts from the Park office and follows red X blazes for 7 miles along Double Run and reaches Loyalsock Canyon Vista. World’s End Trail begins at the park office and follows yellow blazes for 3.25 miles to World’s End Vista. The Loyalsock Trail also runs through the heart of World’s End. The LT stretches for 59.27 miles across the Loyalsock State Forest.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone will enjoy camping at World’s End State Park. Types of campsites include: tent sites, trailer campsites with electric hookups, and cabins with refrigerators and fireplaces. Most of the hiking at World’s End is steep and rocky. The High Rock Trail is short (1 mile long), but very steep. This trail (marked by red blazes) climbs through a hillside of boulders to reach High Rock Vista, then descends back to PA-154 through a hardwood forest. For a less strenuous hike, try the Double Run Nature Trail. This is a 1.2 mile loop follows green and white blazes along Double Run. Along the way you will pass waterfalls and spring wildflowers.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to World’s End State Park campground from Philadelphia, follow GPS directions 82 Cabin Bridge Road Forksville, PA. For day use and those renting cabins, enter through the park office area. The park office is locate one mile north of the campground along PA 154.
Camping season begins in mid April and ends in December. There are specific camping areas for those with pets, and pets are not allowed at swimming holes.
The World’s End Trail, High Rock Trail and Butternut Trail begin from the park office. Canyon Vista Trail begins at the campground. The other trails can be accessed along PA 154 between the office and campground.