Loyalsock Trail and Link Trail Loop is a 16.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Forksville, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length16.5 miElevation gain2,693 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingFishingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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Robert Carnes Jr
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Backpacking

Low of 24 degrees. Was nice and toasty with the 20 degree bottom quilt and the two 40 degree top quilts. Slept in only cold gear tights, wool socks and a long sleeve shirt. Also wore a balaclava and fingerless gloves.

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Jeannie Bujdos
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Did the whole thing in a day clockwise (which made it easier, the first part was a scramble, easier to go up than down). Lots of campsites for overnights, and a lot of water. This time of year, there were a lot of leaves. the loyalsock part is pretty well marked, but the link trail got lost a few times when we crossed the road.

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Joe Moore
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Solid trail. Done with a buddy over two days. Did the trail counter clockwise starting at 10:30 Thursday and hiked till roughly 5:30 and set camp up at the river. Started off at 8:30 Friday and finished at 12:30. Good boots go a long way with all the rocks and roots. Great mix of woods and the views are great. There are some muddy areas even on dry days. There’s is water but be sure to fill up when you see it. Great time all around.

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Matt Finlay
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Hiking

Fantastic trail to do over a weekend! Ask the park office where the trail heads are as it is easy to miss if you are not paying attention. Perfect mix of assents and descents, water access is good, views and technical mix of trails make this my favorite trail in Pa to date. Empty out your packs at night, a young backpacker got his pack taken by a bear overnight because he left some food in it.

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HikingGreat!

This was an excellent segment of Loyalsock trail! Several vistas, the always-scenic Loyalsock Creek, a pond, fun and rocky switchbacks, beautiful mossy hemlock forests, etc. Have done the southern end of Loyalsock trail to Genesee Trail and, while I liked that also, I thought this one was much better in comparison. I covered this loop in opposite direction (counter-clockwise) coming in from the eastern terminus parking lot (Haystacks) and was much better having the more gradual/wider Link Trail path toward the end of the hike. Only stream that was still running decently was Double Run, most others were pools of water and slow trickles, but still neat looking due to the cool rock formations they flow over. It did seem like there was some potential for several muddy areas especially in the more open hemlock forests. Given how dry everything has been this year most of those sections were dried up like the creeks.

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Tim Hodgson
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Hiking

Plenty of rocks, climbs, and decents. Only a couple of views but they are spectacular.

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Adrienne Donica
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Backpacking

Really nice backpacking trip with scenic views and plenty of campsites. I hiked in from Mead Road (total mileage for me was about 24.5). As others have written, water levels are a bit low. There’s no running water at the Cold Run Road sites, so fill up along Mineral Spring Road or on the north side of 154.

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Andrew Briening
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Sarah F
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BackpackingGreat!

Lovely hike. Hiked counterclockwise. Water sources low. Extremely well-marked trail. Not very crowded on the weekdays I was there.

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Robert Carnes Jr
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BackpackingGreat!

This was a great overnight adventure! Started at the park office and did the loop counter clockwise. Lots of campsites up before the Iron Bridge, however, if your looking for peace and quiet these sites would not be for you. Looked like Party City with all the out-of-staters car camping. Hike another mile or so to reach Sones Pond. Very beautiful and quiet! Nice place to hammock camp and plenty of room for tents as well. Nice restrooms by the pavilion, too! Water sources are extremely low to non existent.

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Patrick Norton
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CampingGreat!

Great hike! It’s a bit longer than 16.5 miles more in the ballpark of 17-20. Went counterclockwise starting at Worlds End, which was the better choice in my opinion but be mindful of the trail blazes in the beginning, a lot of intersecting trails. Plenty of water sources up to Sones pond but creeks start to run dry after, again, if you go counterclockwise. Camped at Sones pond but buyer beware if you’re looking for peace and quiet—go to the campsites away from the dam side. There’s an access road that attracts people throughout the evening and night. Plenty of wildlife, and luckily no rattlesnakes! Overall 4 out 5, in most sections the trail is blazed well but others you find yourself hunting for a marker. The the climbs and descents are not for the faint of heart!

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Robert Carnes Jr
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BackpackingGreat!

This was a great overnight adventure! Started at the park office and did the loop counter clockwise. Lots of campsites up before the Iron Bridge, however, if your looking for peace and quiet these site would not be for you. Looked like Party City with all the out-of-staters car camping. Hike another mile or so to reach Sones Pond. Very beautiful and quiet! Nice place to hammock camp and plenty of room for tents as well

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Bob Nunnink
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HikingGreat!

Great trail for a weekend overnight. Great campsites all along Loyalsock Creek. LT was still muddy in places even after our dry summer. Not a trip for the Spring. Very few people on trail. Bring your water shoes so you can enjoy the creek.

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Apurva Bhogale
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Camping

Loved this trail! It was a perfect leisurely weekend backpacking destination. We started at a small parking lot on the other side of the trail (41.4596446, -76.5096055) and went counter clockwise, and found this route much easier than starting at the state park going clock wise. There were several primitive camp sites along the way. The water is the best for drinking in the beginning of the trail and walking counter clockwise out of the state park the way we did it. There were a ton of really pretty water front campsites at the end of our hike the way we did it.

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Shaina Kishbaugh
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Hiking

This was my boyfriend and Is first overnight backpacking trip and it couldn’t have been more magical! The terrain was always changing from Rocky Mountain sides, to fern valleys, to open forests, creek side and more! We saw a porcupine, a deer and heard Coyotes howling at 3:30am! We start on north trail. We only saw a handful of other hikers on the trail, however did left on Thursday 9:30am and finished Friday at like 2pm. I could say so much more but we were incredibly pleased with the tail and the trail markers. We want to do the entire Loyalsock trail which is like 70 miles in the future!

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Colin Jager
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Backpacking

Basically a walk in a very lovely woods. I'd rate it as moderate: aside from the steep climb at the beginning (if going clockwise) and descent at the end, long stretches are fairly flat. Minimal views. I walked it clockwise in 2 days - June 15 and 16; neither day was a full day. Stayed at the campsites by the river after the iron bridge; agree with the earlier poster that those are nicer than the pond, though the pond is nice too. Link portion of the loop is a bit more interesting and varied than the Loyalsock portion. Plenty of water and minimal bugs. I can see how it would be muddy in many places after a rain. There are a few spots where it can be hard to pick out the trail in the leaf litter; I would think it might be tricky in the fall. Also, it's a 17 mile hike; not sure where AllTrails gets that 23 mile number from, but it's 17.

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Drew Flickinger
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Hiking

Great trail for a weekend backpacking trip. Lots of water and places to camp. Be sure to register at the park office if you are staying overnight so that you don’t get ticketed. We hiked this loop clockwise in 2 days. I would say that it’s rating is fair because there are a decent amount of rock scrambles and a few steep climbs. Nothing crazy just another great PA hike. The two vistas along the way are cool but honestly the creeks and overall was peacefulness gave this 5 stars. If you want to modify this hike there are tons of trails in and around Worlds End State Park.

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Michael L
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Hiking

Great hike. Did the loop with a buddy in 2 days -clockwise starting at the park office, staying at the campsite by the river. Would definitely recommend going that direction. The trail was not wet as others had said, but there was tons of water available. Great mix of climbs/vistas and flat terrain with beautiful water features. Highly recommend.

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Michele Vogel Machmer
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Hiking

Forgot to shut off when done - link trail / loyalsock trail ... parked at park office

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Eric Powers
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Difficult hike with lots and lots of standing water on miles of the trail. In places very difficult to find a way around without wading through ankle deep water. AllTrails promo said 17’ish miles but my AllTrails app recorded it at 23.5. To be honest I got off trail a few times that could have contributed but not 6.5. It felt longer than 17 to me but the elevation gains along the trail are Steep and that slows you down. I went CW from the park office. First thing I had a rock scramble at about 60 degrees that gave me almost 2000 ft of gain inside the first mile. It levels off eventually with a moderate difficulty trail, unfortunately that’s when you feel like the trail has become a creek. Camped at The pond. Nice place to camp although if you’re making good time campsites once you pass iron bridge are just as nice and the river water is much better than the pond water. Sawyer filters are great things but that pond water still had a bad taste. All in all it was a great hike, and a serious workout but would be better in drier climes.

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John Bonanno
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Great trail. Definitely in my top weekend backpacking trips I have done fore sure. I would definitely rate it as difficult although there are some flat sections to help this out. It was super muddy and swampy in spots as well. Over all the scenery, exceptional camping spots, and the Challenge gives this hike a 5 for me!!

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Matthew Falls
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Backpacking

June 24-25, 2016. Great weather that weekend. Started and finished at World's End State Park. Camped at Sones Pond. Getting to the Link Trail from where you get off before the Haystacks was a little challenging. At one point you have to go up to the road and then back down - markings were poor. Other than that it was a great overnighter.

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