Worlds End State Park, Forksville

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#35 of 145 in Nature in Pennsylvania
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Worlds End State Park is a 780-acre (316 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park, nearly surrounded by Loyalsock State Forest, is in the Loyalsock Creek valley on Pennsylvania Route 154, in Forks and Shrewsbury Townships southeast of the borough of Forksville. The name Worlds End has been used since at least 1872, but its origins are uncertain. Although it was founded as Worlds End State Forest Park by Governor Gifford Pinchot in 1932, the park was officially known as Whirls End State Forest Park from 1936 to 1943.
The park's land was once home to Native Americans, followed by settlers who cleared the forests for subsistence farming and later built sawmills. The second growth forests in and surrounding Worlds End State Park are partially a result of the efforts of the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. They helped overcome the clearcutting of the early 20th century, and built many of the park's facilities, including the cabins that earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

A wide variety of wildlife is found in the park, which is also part of an Important Bird Area. Located in the Endless Mountains region of the dissected Allegheny Plateau, Worlds End has a continental climate and rocks and fossils from the Carboniferous period. It is one of "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" named by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which describes it as "[v]irtually in a class by itself, this wild, rugged and rustic area seems almost untamed". The park offers year-round recreational opportunities, including environmental education, hiking, camping in tents and cabins, whitewater rafting, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing.
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  • I drove to Worlds End State Park for some hiking and solitude deep in the North Central PA mountains. It was such a wonderful place! I stopped by the visitor center to grab a map and discuss trail...  more »
  • I went to World's End State Park for the first time (8/15/2020). I did the Canyon Vista and Double Run trails with one of my friends. The park is beautiful. There is a green everywhere, the air is....  more »
  • Lovely park covered with hiking trails that go up and down green wooded hills. A very nice 4 mile trail is the Canyon Vista and you can add on the Cold Run Spur for another mile or so. The Cold Run...  more »
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  • Always lovely. Always improving. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Interesting programs. Clean camping and picnicking areas. Accessible buildings. Popular summer stay; cabin reservations are a must, and are difficult to secure, but the website offers a notification for availability if reservations change.
  • Did a week in a cabin this year. Normally tent camp.. It was a nice change. Beautiful cabins and an amazing area. Amazing and sometimes challenging hiking. I absolutely love it here and come a few times a year. A must see!
  • Park is beautiful and had friendly staff. The trails are no joke though. Dont let the beginnings fool you into thinking it might be easy. This place is hands down one of my favorite parks so far.
  • The staff at the welcome center were nice, enjoyed the ice cream at the snack stand, they have a "beach" which is a great thing to have set up. My only issue was the trail I went on was mostly well marked,but certain spots, especially if it turned, were difficult to locate the next trail marker. Perhaps arrows on some of the markers to indicate where the trail continues would help in spots where the trail turns or the sight of the next marker may not be easily visible
  • This park was awesome. Plan on going back. Trails were awesome definitely need to know a bit of trailing before hiking some of these trails. But definitely recommend checking this awesome park out.

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