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Loyalsock State Forest is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Region, and provides thousands of visitors amazing hiking, canoeing and camping experiences.
But now, Governor Corbett is on the verge of allowing gas companies to drill it. This would be the first state forest opened to dangerous gas drilling in over two years, violating the spirit of a moratorium on leasing state forests to drillers and potentially leading to more drilling in our state forests in the next few years.
We can’t let that happen. Tell Governor Corbett’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR): “Keep drilling out of Loyalsock State Forest.
If the governor allows Anadarko, a Houston-based gas company, to drill in Loyalsock, the park’s land would be torn up and vulnerable to pollution. Anadarko has already been cited for over 150 drilling violations in Pennsylvania and is already surveying lands for drilling around some of the best hiking paths—something we can’t stand by and allow.
Instead of defending one of our great state forests, Governor Corbett’s DCNR is standing idly by and letting Anadarko move full steam ahead. No one wants to see the beautiful Loyalsock State Forest and its incredible hiking trails ruined by the pollution and destruction of gas drilling.
Stand with us and tell our environmental officials to defend Loyalsock State Forest.
PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Director
PS—We need to create enough of an outcry in the next two weeks to ensure Loyalsock is safe from drilling. Can you get 5 more of your friends to take action to help us hit our goal today? Forward this to others who want to protect our state forests!
Jackson Trail Along The Summit Of Tussey Mountain.
Running along the weathered summit of Tussey Mountain the Jackson Trail connects Jo Hayes Vista and Route 26 to the Mid-State Trail. On the way to Old Pine Vista you encounter numerous scenic views on the northern and southern slopes of the mountain that look out over Nittany Valley, State College and Rothrock State Forest.
Posted in Hiking Trails, PA State Forests, Rothrock State Forest, Vista's
Tagged Centre County, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Huntingdon County, Jackson Trail, Mid State Trail, Mountains, Overlook, Pennsylvania, Rothrock State Forest, Scenic View, Tussey Mountain, Vista
Bear Meadows Natural Area.
This short hike along the Mid-State Trail takes you to a number of vistas that look out over the Bear Meadows Natural Area, a bog formed in the last ice age located in the heart of Rothrock State Forest.
Posted in Hiking Trails, Rothrock State Forest, Vista's
Tagged Bear Meadows Natural Area, Big Flat, Grass Mountain, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Indian Wells Vista, Little Flat, Little Mountain, Mid State Trail, Mountains, MST, Overlook, Pennsylvania, Rothrock State Forest, Scenic View, Thickhead Mountain, Tom Thwaites, Vista
Well here we are once again Fall is over Winter has begun and I miserably await the arrival of spring when I plan to wear out the bottom of both of my kayaks, my fishing poles and several pairs of boots. Until then I thought I’d share some of my favorite pictures from the roughly 1500 photos or so that I took this Fall.
Posted in Bald Eagle State Forest, Hiking Trails, Loyalsock State Forest, PA State Forests, Rothrock State Forest, Tuscarora State Forest, Vista's, Waterfalls
Tagged Appalachian Trail, AT, Bald Eagle State Forest, Blue Mountain, Buffalo Valley, Cayuga Falls, Centre County, Chimney Rocks, Colonel Denning State Park, Cumberland Valley, Dutchman Falls, Dutchman Run, Falls Trail, Flat Rock Trail, Flat Rock Vista, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Huntingdon County, Jackson Trail, Jo Hayes Vista, Lehigh County, Loyalsock Creek, Loyalsock State Forest, Loyalsock Trail, LT Trail, Luzerne County, Mid State Trail, Mountains, Northumberland County, Overlook, Pennsylvania, Ricketts Glen State Park, Rothrock State Forest, Scenic View, Schuylkill County, Shawnee Falls, Shikellamy Overlook, Shikellamy State Park, Sullivan County, Sunbury, Susquehanna River, Tuscarora State Forest, Tussey Mountain, Union County, Vinegar Run, Vinegar Run Falls, Vista, Waterfall, Waterfalls, White Mountain, White Mountain Natural Area, Wildlife
An Abandoned Rail Road Tunnel At The End Of Tunnel Trail.
This short hike follows a section of rail bed at the end of which you’ll find the remains of an abandoned tunnel as it enters Conocoheague Mountain.
Posted in Hiking Trails, Tuscarora State Forest
Tagged Conococheague Mountain, Conococheague Mountain Tunnel, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Mountains, Newport and Shermans Valley Railroad, Pennsylvania, Perry County, Railroad, Railroad Tunnel, Tunnel Trail, Tuscarora State Forest
Doubling Gap Vista
Parking Lot GPS Coordinates: 40° 17′ 11.698″ N, 77° 28′ 12.837″ W
Facilities: State forest campsite behind the vista.
Restrictions: Not Applicable
- Tuscarora Trail
- Flat Rock Trail
- Rattlesnake Trail
- Colonel Denning State Park
- Chimney Rocks
- Hickory Ridge Vista
- Little Buffalo State Park
High atop Bowers Mountain you’ll find Doubling Gap Vista which looks out over this section of Blue Mountain. Unfortunately the vista hasn’t been maintained for sometime and brush is rapidly overgrowing the vista obviously limiting the view. Behind the view you’ll find a Tuscarora State Forest campsite while large birds of prey such as vultures and hawks come right up to the overlook as they ride the thermals rising from the valley below.
Visible landmarks include Blue Mountain directly across from you including the middle of the “S” shaped curve at Doubling Gap, beyond Blue Mountain lay the Cumberland Valley and South Mountain in the far distance. Sunrise should be visible from mid-fall to the beginning of spring however your view may be hampered by the gradually encroaching forest.
The campsite behind the view.
Posted in Tuscarora State Forest, Vista's
Tagged Bowers Mountain, Colonel Denning State Park, Doubling Gap, Doubling Gap Vista, Mountains, Overlook, Pennsylvania, Perry County, Scenic Overlook, Tuscarora State Forest, Vista
- The main section of Dutchman Falls (~27′)
This less than 1/2 mile hike takes you down the beginning of the Loyalsock Trail to Dutchman Falls, a 27′ cascadejust off of the trail that is formed where Dutchman Run emptys into Loyalsock Creek.
Posted in Hiking Trails, Loyalsock State Forest, Waterfalls
Tagged Dutchman Falls, Dutchman Run, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Loyalsock Creek, Loyalsock State Forest, Loyalsock Trail, Mead Road, Mountains, Pennsylvania, Sullivan County, Waterfall
Adam's Creek Falls
This short walk through the woods follows an old forest road to Adam’s Falls, a series of small waterfalls around an early 20th century waterwheel once used to generate electricity.
Posted in Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
Tagged Adam's Creek, Adam's Falls, Delaware Water Gap, Gov. Sproul, Hiking, Hiking Trail, Mountains, Pennsylvania, Pike County, Waterfall