State Forest Hikes to Highlight Trails in Loyalsock Forest

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Forester Matthew Crosbie, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Bureau of Forestry, Dushore Office, has announced that two guided nature hikes will take place in May and June along a new trail on Rough Hill (top) and the Jacoby Falls Trail (above).

The Loyalsock State Forest will be hosting two hikes to celebrate PA Hiking Week.

The first hike will be led at the popular Jacoby Falls Trail. The trailhead is found at the Cotner Farm Parking Area along Wallis Run Road. From Montoursville take Route 87 to Loyalsockville and turn left onto 973 at the Slabtown Bridge. Make an immediate right onto Wallis Run Road and go about 4.3 miles to the parking area on the right.

Hikers should meet at the trailhead at 10:00 AM on Sunday May 29, 2016 and should bring water and a snack.

This hike will be about three miles and highlights will include wildflowers and the tranquil 29-foot Jacoby Falls. There will be opportunities to discuss history of the Wallis Run area and different forest related topics. While the hike is relatively flat and easy, there are rocky sections of the trail with rough footing.

The second hike will be led at the newly constructed Rough Hill Trail. The trailhead and parking area is conveniently located at the Sandy Bottom Stream Access Area just off Route 87 between Barbours and Hillsgrove. This is about 17 miles north of the Montoursville/87 exit of I-180 or 13 miles south of the Route 154 and Route 87 junction in Forksville.

Hikers should meet at the trailhead at 11:00 AM on Sunday June 5, 2016 and should bring water and a snack or lunch.

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This hike will be about two miles and highlights will include two stunning vistas, the scenic stream bottom of Loyalsock Creek (above), and vernal pools. There will be opportunities to discuss history of the Loyalsock, landmarks of the area from the views, and different forest related topics. While the hike is relatively short there are sections of the trail that have narrow and rough footing and there is an elevation change of about 800 feet. It is ideal for newer hikers looking for a challenge or for experienced hikers seeking a new trail in the area.

For more information contact mcrosbie@pa.gov or call 570-946-4049 ext. 210.

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