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East Branch Trail

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East Branch Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forksville, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing



nature trips



bird watching





wild flowers


The East Branch Trail (EBT) begins at the confluence of the east and west branches of Double Run at an old narrow gauge railroad bed. Access is to the EBT is from the Double Run Nature Trail (DRNT) trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead follow the DRNT green blazes .25 mile, crossing the east branch of Double Run. DRNT becomes a loop trail, turn right. The EBT begins shortly on the left (at this point the DRNT is concurrent with the Loyalsock Trail (mile 44.6) and the Link Trail). The EBT is yellow blazed and starts out following the west branch of Double Run. Several waterfalls can be seen to the right of the trail. The trail bears left onto an old road. To the right one can cross the west branch and connect immediately to the DRNT and the Loyalsock Trail (44.7). After the last view up the west branch gorge the trail bends left and climbs steeply on the old road. At the top of the short hill (.2) the DRNT loop is crossed. At this point the trail leaves the west branch watershed and begins its ascent up the east branch watershed. The trail continues on the old road briefly descending to a stream (.3). Waterfalls are below and above the trail, many out of sight. The road gently winds through the forest with the sound of the creek nearby. The forest is mostly maple, cherry, birch, and beech. In all seasons the forest floor is green, being generously covered with evergreen ferns. Rock outcrops are to the right on the hillside. When the east branch comes into view it is possible to see the switchbacks of a lumber railroad on the opposite bank. A short time later, between two large hemlocks (.6) a seasonal trail used for a trail race descends over to a pigtail of one of the railroad’s switchbacks. Following that route quickly reaches the Link Trail. One can descend the east branch back to the trailhead or follow the Link Trail to the Canyon Vista. The EBT continues on the old road. Views of the east branch are frequent until the trail drifts away into the forest, however the trail remains parallel to the stream. After a short steep hill the trail eases and ends at a stream crossing and the Loyalsock Trail (mile 40.8). The road the trail has been following continues unblazed to the Loyalsock State Forest Bridle Trail. To the right the Loyalsock Trail leads to Worlds End Road. To the left the Loyalsock Trail crosses the east branch of Double Run, goes by the rusty Mineral Springs then crosses Mineral Springs Road. Beautiful Neeneha Falls can be seen from the road. One can turn left on the road, follow to the Link Trail, then descend the east branch back to the trailhead. Following the Loyalsock Trail up along the falls one can continue 1.7 miles to Canyon Vista.

Beautiful day. Constant sound of rushing water from the various streams due to last night's rain and the snow melt.

The East Branch Trail is an easy 1.1 mile trail offering beautiful scenery and various hiking options at both ends of the trail.