As changes, modifications, or relocations of the Loyalsock Trail occur, they will be announced on this page. Check back so you know where and when these changes occur.
The start of the Link Trail has been moved. See the Link Trail page for details.
Rerouting a Short Section of the LT
The Loyalsock Trail has been rerouted from Mile 13.08 to Mile 14.82 (there is no change in the length of the trail). The new route follows what had been White Trail #2, provides good campsites and water along Hessler Branch, and passes through the Miller Fields—an old farm now managed for wildlife habitat.
Blue Trail #3 has been renamed as the Long Ridge Trail and lengthened to provide a lead-in trail from the site of the now removed Long Ridge Fire Tower.
Additional changes have been made to trails associated with the Loyalsock Trail. Due to lack of use, the following trails have been abandoned: RX-1, RX-3, and Blue #2.
RX-4 and RX-5 have been replaced with the Rode Falls Ladder Bypass Trail.
White Trail #1 is now marked with blue blazes and renamed the Laurel Ridge Trail.
RX-8 has been replaced with a blue blazed trail leading to Dutchman Falls.
Other trails have been renamed but remain on the same route:
- Blue Trail #1 is now the Smiths Knob Trail
- RX-2 is now the Smiths Knob Bypass Trail
- RX-6 is the Link Trail
- RX-7 is the W&NB RR Trail
A new edition of the guide and maps to the Loyalsock Trail showing the changes is available from the Alpine Club.
Porcupines, Dogs and Wasps
Porcupines have chewed brake and fuel lines, radiator hoses, wiring harnesses, valve stems and plastic molding in the High Knob area.
While it might be enjoyable to hike with man's best friend, hikers with dogs should be aware that there are a number of porcupines along the Loyalsock Trail.
During the hot, dry summer months, wasps occasionally make their nests along the trail. Dogs that are allowed to run free might disturb these nests, resulting in a painful experience for both hikers and dogs.
Rattlesnakes may be found anywhere along the LT. Rattlesnakes are normally quite docile and shy when left undisturbed and will only strike in self defense when harassed or startled. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and loose fitting pants. Scan the area in front of you and be aware of where you are placing your feet; be especially cautious when placing your hands or feet atop or among rocks and crevices. If you do encounter a rattlesnake, enjoy the memorable experience, keep a safe distance from it and leave it alone—most rattlesnake bites result from the snake being harassed or picked up
Loyalsock State Forest Public Use Map
This map can be a valuable tool for those planning hikes on the Loyalsock Trail. It shows all the state, local and forestry roads, including the entire Loyalsock Trail. View the map online, or to receive a copy, call (570) 946-4049, or send a request to:
Loyalsock State Forest
6735 Route 220
Dushore PA 18614
Briers and Brambles
Over the past 25 years the forests through which the Loyalsock Trail passes have been repeatedly defoliated by gypsy moth and elm spanworm caterpillars. As a result, many trees have died; the sun striking the forest floor has promoted the growth of extensive patches of thorny blackberry canes. Although efforts have been made to keep the trail cleared, they still present a problem.
The worst areas are Split Rock, High Knob, and the section between Sones Pond and the Iron Bridge.