The name Loyalsock Creek is taken from the Indian phrase "LawiSaquick," meaning middle creek, or flowing between Muncy Creek and Lycoming Creek. Loyalsock Creek has its start in Wyoming County and ends at Montoursville, where it empties into the Susquehanna River.
The Loyalsock Trail, a wilderness footpath, runs from PA 87, 10 miles north of Montoursville, to U.S. 220 at Ringdale, a distance of 59.3 miles. The trail parallels the creek, mostly following ridges, but at times passing mountain streams, waterfalls, lakes, and ponds. The Loyalsock Trail is known for its many fine vistas.
The Loyalsock Trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport. The
group marks the main trail with painted 2" x 6" yellow rectangles on
which is a 1" horizontal red stripe. Side trail markers are painted yellow
with a red X. Lead-in trails are marked with blue metal discs. White-
marked trails are not brushed.
In cooperation with DCNR, sections of this trail are maintained, in part, by
volunteers from the Alpine Club of Williamsport.
There are three different types of side trails used in the LT system.
1. Red X trails: Forming alternate routes and bypasses, these have both
their beginning and end on the main LT. The trail marker is a yellow disk
with a large red X.
2. White Trails: These un-maintained trails have solid white disc markers.
3. Blue Trails: These trails lead to LT or Red X Trails and points of interest.
Blue Trails to points of interest are not numbered. These trails have solid
The mile markers and descriptions in the guide are from West to East.
No shelters are available on the LT, but certain areas are suggested for
camping along the trail. Primitive camping is permitted on State Forest
Land where overnight campers, including backpackers, must have a
camping permit. Permits are available by mail or in person from forestry
offices: In Lycoming County contact the Tiadaghton State Forest, 423
East Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702, phone: (570) 327-3450;
and in Sullivan County contact the Wyoming State Forest, 274 Arbutus
Park Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, phone: (570) 387-4255. During
working hours camping permits may also be obtained at the Hillsgrove
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