Thanks to its memorable moniker, “Worlds End State Park” attracts many visitors from far and wide. Most likely coined by early settlers who admired the scenic views at Worlds End Vista, this beautiful state park is nestled in the remote S-shaped Loyalsock Creek Valley, around 3 1/2 hours from both New York City and Philadelphia. When visiting this picturesque region of the Keystone state, you will be treated to incredible views of the Endless Mountain range that’s overflowing with natural beauty.
Situated not far from the New York state border, World’s End State Park was sparsely inhabited by residents until the late 1800s, who used two narrow horse trails to access a few small towns in the area. However, in the early 19th century, the area became popular with the logging industry, and many acres of forest was cut down and used for lumber. This neglected land resulted in fires and floods throughout the region.
The area started to become reinvigorated in the late 1920s when the United States Department of Forests and Waters started to purchase land to transform into state parks. Later, in 1933, the Civilian Conservation Act inspired the development of this park’s facilities. Today, this splendidly secluded rugged area is open to visitors every day of the year and home to challenging hiking trails, trout fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor activities throughout the year.
Things to Do
Although most are geared more toward the experienced hiker or boater, Worlds End Park offers plenty of outdoor activities. You can admire the scenery, swim, or have a picnic, but be prepared for serious wilderness if you decide to hike or explore here.
With over 20 miles of rugged hiking trails, Worlds End State Park offers meandering narrow pathways, steep inclines, and densely wooded walkways—so this area is best for the experienced hiker. Outdoor enthusiasts who love a challenge will enjoy many trails, such as the Canyon Vista Trail, a four-mile loop that features difficult terrain with stunning views and rock mazes. Another popular trail is the Worlds End Trail, a steep 3.2-mile hike that ascends into the forest and leads to the Worlds End Vista, overlooking the park’s beach.
If you are experienced on the water, this park offers some spectacular rafting opportunities with fast-moving water. The best whitewater rafting is in the springtime, between March and May, and boat registration and launch permits are required. (Visit the website for details about boat launch locations and updates). The water here is known to fluctuate drastically, and can be treacherous, depending on the area, so kayakers are encouraged to check in with the visitor’s center before arriving at the park. Open canoes are not allowed in this area, as the water is too dangerous.
Yes, you can go for a swim at Worlds End State Park! There is one designated swimming area at the dam on Loyalsock Creek. You can take a dip in the cold mountain water here from Memorial Day until Labor Day every summer. This area has restrooms nearby. Follow the rules posted at the beach and keep in mind this is a smoke-free facility.
This expansive park offers several separate shaded picnic pavilions, and guests are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance. The park also offers other nearby tables that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnic grounds here are near the swimming area and feature a playground, food concession/snack bar, and restrooms. Picnic pavilions at Worlds End State Park can be reserved.
Worlds End State Park offers a great opportunity for fishing throughout the year on Loyalsock Creek, as the mountain water is stocked with trout annually. Fishing here offers a fun experience for all ages! You can obtain a fishing license and learn about the fishing rules and regulations through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
You can train dogs, hunt, and trap at World End State Park during specific seasonal timeframes. The park’s most popular animals are turkey, deer, bear, squirrel, and grouse. Hunting woodchucks (aka groundhogs) is prohibited, and you should be sure to visit the official Pennsylvania Game Commission for hunting rules and regulations before planning a hunting trip here.
Where to Camp
Worlds End State Park is a great place to set up camp and explore northern Pennsylvania's beauty. This destination is ADA-accessible, and it’s home to a 70-site tent and trailer campground (half of these spots are equipped with electrical power hook-ups—with 50 amps). This site is located along PA Route 154 (near the park’s office). Campers love the amenities here, as this campsite offers water, warm showers, and flushing toilets nearby, as well as a sanitary dumping station for emptying holding tanks, as needed.
Pet owners should note that pets are allowed only in designated areas, and the park is closed to camping in winter.
Campers who wish to stay overnight (or longer) should request a reservation in advance online on the park’s website. There are several different campsites throughout the area, so be sure to research where you prefer to stay in advance.
Where to Stay Nearby
If you wish to stay here year-round, World’s End State Park offers 19 rustic but decently-equipped cabins available for rent. They require a one-week minimum in summer and a two-night stay during the off-seasons. The cabins are very basic but include a refrigerator, stove, table, chairs, beds, and a fireplace “insert.” Regarding facilities, there are restrooms and three showers with warm water nearby, as well as recycling bins. When you camp here, you must be self-sufficient. Guests are required to bring linens, dishes, food, and anything they may need.