World's End State Park features over 20 miles of trails within the park's borders. With most being rated moderate to difficult, even some experienced hikers will find a challenge. This shouldn't deter novice hikers though, because the breathtaking vistas and stops along the way are definitely worth the challenge!
As World's End State Park's longest and most challenging trail, the Loyalsock trail spans almost 60 miles and features several different types of terrain. It's a versatile trail too, with several other loops spanning off it, so you can choose to hike the linear 60 miles or shorten your adventures to the shorter loops. Be sure to stop and appreciate the gorgeous vistas and the lovely Haystacks rapids. There are also backcountry camping sites along the way, so you can hike the trail in its entirety if you'd like a challenge. It's accommodating to mountain bikers too!
Canyon Vista Trail
Though this is another difficult hike, the result is more than worth it! Located in the eastern area of the park, this four mile-long loop features steep sections, but if you can handle it, it's one you must hike. It brings you to an elevation of 1,750 feet overlooking the Loyalsock Creek gorge, which is beyond stunning, so make sure you bring your camera! This trail also features the Rock Garden, which takes you through a natural maze of rock formations that are neat to see.
Thrill seekers can take to the water for an exciting experience with whitewater boating! With fluctuating water levels of Loyalsock Creek in the spring and relaxing rapids in summer and fall, these quick-moving waters provide an awesome whitewater adventure that you can't get just anywhere. Load your kayaks and life jackets into your new toy hauler from Hamilton's RV and enjoy your float.
Sure, a lot of parks offer swimming, but taking a dip at World's End State Park is a different kind of experience! Loyalsock Creek features a small dam with a swimming area where visitors can splash and float in the cold mountain stream water. It's the perfect place to cool off after a long hike.
Environmental and Interpretive Programs
Want to learn more about this beautiful area? Have kids that are interested in learning about nature? World's End State Park offers a variety of environmental and interpretive programs that give visitors a different perspective and a better understanding of the natural world around them through hands-on activities, guided walks, and more.
Who doesn't love a good snack bar? If you need to refuel on your adventures, World's End State Park offers delicious treats at their charming snack bar. They offer traditional fare including sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, and more. And with a name like the World's Best Snack Shop, you know it has to be good!
With the scenic Loyalsock Creek winding its way through the park, you can bet that the fish will be biting! The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission keeps the creek stocked up with trout, which thrive in the cold mountain water! Hunting is also permitted, with about half the park available to hunters. Trapping and dog training is also allowed, so bring along your canine sidekick and enjoy the sport! Make sure to research more about licenses and seasons, as well as hunting area boundaries to ensure you're staying within the state regulations.
World's End State Park is open year round, so you can still visit and appreciate beautiful fall colors of the tree-covered mountains and traverse the park once the snow has fallen! The sights are beautiful indeed, with frozen waterfalls, snow-covered branches, and other wintry views. You'll be able to enjoy snowmobiling across the joint-use snowmobile trails within the park, and cross-country skiing at various locations around the park. There are also trails for both of these activities on nearby state forest land, so you can enjoy even more of the winter fun outside of the park.
Not only is World's End State Park fun for exploring, but you can also bring your RV along for the ride and stay the night. This campground features 70 lovely sites, half of which feature electric hookups which are perfect for travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. You'll also appreciate water, showers, and a dump station. It is unfortunately closed during the winter months, but 19 of the park's cabins are still available if you'd like to visit while the snow falls! Click here for reservation information!
Ricketts Glen State Park
If you want to extend the fun of your Pennsylvania trip, head to nearby Ricketts Glen State Park. It's another beautiful place to explore, with 22 gorgeous named waterfalls and over 13,050 beautiful acres, and it's only about half an hour's drive from World's End State Park. It offers numerous hiking trails, swimming, fishing, hunting, as well as horseback riding. You'll enjoy the peace and quiet of the campground, with 120 sites, electric, flush toilets, and more.