The Haystacks, a sandstone rock formation in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The Loyalsock Trail (known locally as the LT) is hiking and backpacking trail through the scenic and rugged forests of northcentral Pennsylvania. Most of the trail is located within the Loyalsock State Forest, which is known for its grand vistas, pristine waterfalls, and vast woodlands.

The trail begins on Route 87 north of Montoursville and ends on Mead Road off of Route 220 near Dushore. Yellow and red blazes mark the path through the Loyalsock Creek watershed. The trail is made up of¬†footpaths, old logging roads, and abandoned rail grades. The terrain is challenging with many steep climbs, creek crossings, and rocky sections, but the scenery is well worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stunning views at Helen’s Window, Smith’s Knob, Kettle Creek Vista, Mary’s View, High Knob Overlook, the Alpine Views, Loyalsock Canyon Vista, and High Rock Vista. The trail also passes Worlds End State Park, Sones Pond, the Haystacks, and dozens of waterfalls.

You can thru-hike the Loyalsock Trail or choose a small section for a day hike. Parking lots are available in multiple spots where the trail crosses state forest access roads.

The Alpine Club of Williamsport maintains the Loyalsock Trail. Visit their website for trail resources, events, and more.

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