The 20 Best Things to Do at Worlds End State Park

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View of Worlds End State Park office from High Rock Overlook

Worlds End State Park is a 780 acre oasis in the heart of Sullivan County, making it an ideal home base for exploring and enjoying this ruggedly beautiful part of Pennsylvania.

And there is a LOT to explore and enjoy!

Springtime at Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Springtime at Cottonwood Falls.

What I’m going to share with you here is my list of the 20 best things to do at Worlds End State Park and the surrounding Loyalsock State Forest.

Lower Alpine Vista along the Loyalsock Trail.
Lower Alpine Vista along the Loyalsock Trail near Worlds End State Park.

From waterfalls to scenic vistas, from covered bridges to camping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Worlds End State Park!


1. Visit the Visitors Center

The Park Office at Worlds End State Park.
The Park Office at Worlds End State Park.

This may seem obvious, but the Visitors Center at Worlds End State Park is a wealth of information about the history of the park.

History of Worlds End State Park.
History of Worlds End State Park.

For example, did you know Worlds End was at different times known as Whirls End and Whirl’s Glen?

Memorabilia at the Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.
Memorabilia at the Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.

Or that many of the park facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s?

Civilian Conservation Corp baseball jersey at Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.
Civilian Conservation Corp baseball jersey at Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.

From taxidermy to t-shirts, there’s a little bit of everything at the Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.

Some of the taxidermy exhibits at Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.
Some of the taxidermy exhibits at Worlds End State Park Visitors Center.

2. Rent a Cabin

I’ve spent the night in 5 different cabins at Worlds End State Park over the years, and each time it was a great experience.

Cabin at Worlds End State Park.
Cabin at Worlds End State Park.

For information on cabin rentals, visit the park’s official website.

If you’re looking to disconnect from the digital world, this is the place to do it!


3. Hike the High Rock Trail

The High Rock Trail captures the true rugged spirit of Worlds End State Park.

A map to High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park
A map to High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park

One of the highlights of this hike is High Rock Falls, located roughly 1/3 of a mile from the trailhead.

High Rock Falls along the High Rock Trail at Worlds End State Park.
High Rock Falls along the High Rock Trail at Worlds End State Park

Continue onward and upward along the High Rock Trail to reach High Rock Vista, which looks out over the park office and Loyalsock Creek.

High Rock Overlook at Worlds End State Park.
High Rock Overlook at Worlds End State Park.

4. Visit the Chapel at Worlds End State Park

The Chapel at Worlds End State Park.
The Chapel at Worlds End State Park.

Located just off Route 154 near the Double Run Trailhead, the Chapel at Worlds End State Park is unlike any church you’ve been to before!


5. Hike the Double Run Trail

Small unnamed waterfall along Double Run at Worlds End State Park.
Small unnamed waterfall along Double Run at Worlds End State Park

The Double Run Trail starts near the Chapel along Route 154, and meanders along, and at times over, Double Run.

Bridge along the Double Run Trail at Worlds End State Park
Bridge along the Double Run Trail at Worlds End State Park

One of the highlights of the Double Run Trail is Cottonwood Falls, which lies just outside the park boundaries in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Cottonwood Falls along the Double Run Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Cottonwood Falls along the Double Run Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Cottonwood Falls is roughly a half-mile from the Double Run Trailhead along Route 154, making it a very doable excursion that even small children can enjoy.

A map to Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A map to Cottonwood Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

6. Visit Loyalsock Canyon Vista

Loyalsock Canyon Vista Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park.

Loyalsock Canyon Vista (sometimes simply called Canyon Vista) is the most famous overlook at Worlds End State Park, in large part because you can drive right up to it.

Canyon Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest
Canyon Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest

At an elevation of 1,750 feet above sea level, you can find this roadside overlook at GPS coordinates 41.46246, -76.57483, along Cold Run Road.


7. Run an Ultramarathon

If the thought of running 63.8 miles along some of the most challenging trails in Pennsylvania gets your blood pumping, then the Worlds End Ultramarathon might be just the thing for you!

Worlds End Ultramarathon banner.
Worlds End Ultramarathon banner.

The race starts at 5:00 am at Worlds End State Park, and runners have 19 hours to complete the course.

Starting line for the Worlds End Ultramarathon.
Starting line for the Worlds End Ultramarathon.

The racecourse winds through the park and the surrounding Loyalsock State Forest, taking advantage of the myriad of trails criss-crossing the area.

A competitor in the Worlds End Ultramarathon scales the ladder at Rode Falls on the Loyalsock Trail.
A competitor in the Worlds End Ultramarathon scales the ladder at Rode Falls on the Loyalsock Trail.

For more information about the Worlds End Ultramarathon, visit the race’s official website.

Runners participating in the Worlds End Ultramarathon.
Runners participating in the Worlds End Ultramarathon.

8. Hike to Worlds End Vista

Worlds End Vista at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania.
Worlds End Vista at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.

Worlds End Vista, located along the Worlds End Trail at GPS coordinates 41.46820, -76.58353, overlooks the beach along Loyalsock Creek at Worlds End State Park.


9. Visit Mineral Spring Falls

Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park
Mineral Spring Falls near Worlds End State Park

Mineral Spring Falls is a roadside waterfall located just outside the Worlds End State Park boundary in the Loyalsock State Forest.

A map to Mineral Springs Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A map to Mineral Spring Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

A second, smaller waterfall is located just upstream from the roadside Mineral Spring Falls.

Upper Mineral Spring Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest Sullivan County
Upper Mineral Spring Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest, Sullivan County

This waterfall doesn’t always flow well – the best time to catch it is in the spring or after a hard summer rain.

Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County PA
Mineral Spring Falls in Sullivan County PA

10. Hike the Loyalsock Trail

The Loyalsock Trail, one of Pennsylvania’s most famous hiking trails, connects to many of the shorter trails at Worlds End State Park.

The distinctive Loyalsock Trail markers.
The distinctive Loyalsock Trail markers.

Upper Alpine Vista is just one of the many highlights of the Loyalsock Trail near Worlds End State Park.

Upper Alpine Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Upper Alpine Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.

11. Visit the Forksville Covered Bridge

The Forksville Covered Bridge was constructed in 1850, is 152 feet long, and is still open to vehicular traffic.

The Forksville Covered Bridge in Sullivan County Pennsylvania
The Forksville Covered Bridge near Worlds End State Park.

The bridge is located in the heart of Forksville at GPS coordinates 41.48854, -76.59965, approximately 1.5 miles from Worlds End State Park.


12. Hike the Cold Run Trail

The Cold Run Trail is a 1.5 mile extension of the Canyon Vista Trail, the trailhead of which is located along Route 154 at Worlds End State Park.

Cold Run Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Cold Run Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The Cold Run Trail features an excellent scenic overlook and several small waterfalls.

Unnamed waterfall along Cold Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Unnamed waterfall along Cold Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

There’s also a boulder garden along the Cold Run Trail, and part of the trail actually pases UNDERNEATH one of the larger boulders.

Boulders along the Cold Run Trail near Worlds End State Park.
Boulders along the Cold Run Trail near Worlds End State Park.

13. Visit High Knob Overlook

High Knob Overlook is one of the most popular roadside attractions in Sullivan County.

A biker enjoying the scenic view from High Knob Overlook.
High Knob Overlook near Worlds End State Park.

High Knob Overlook is located approximately 6 miles from the heart of Worlds End State Park, along High Knob Road.

High Knob Overlook directional sign at the intersection of Dry Run Road and High Knob Road.
High Knob Overlook directional sign at the intersection of Dry Run Road and High Knob Road.

The views from High Knob Overlook are outstanding no matter the season.

A summer afternoon at High Knob Overlook.
A summer afternoon at High Knob Overlook.

High Knob Overlook is also a terrific spot to catch an Endless Mountains sunset.

Sunset at High Knob Overlook in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Sunset at High Knob Overlook in the Loyalsock State Forest.

14. Visit Dry Run Falls

Another fantastic roadside attraction near Worlds End State Park is Dry Run Falls.

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Dry Run Falls near Worlds End State Park.

Located just minutes from High Knob Overlook, Dry Run Falls can be seen from your car or you can descend the banks of Dry Run for a stream-level view.

October at Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
October at Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.

15. Visit Sones Pond

Sones Pond along Loyalsock Road is another must-see location in the Loyalsock State Forest, near Worlds End State Park.

Sones Pond near Worlds End State Park.

This view is completely roadside (though you certainly can hike around and explore the lake further if you choose to do so) and located at GPS coordinates 41.47157, -76.51457.

Sones Pond in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Sones Pond in the Loyalsock State Forest.

16. Hike the Ketchum Run Trail

The Ketchum Run Trail is a relatively unknown gem located near High Knob Overlook and Worlds End State Park.

Ketchum Run Trailhead along High Knob Road.
Ketchum Run Trailhead along High Knob Road.

The fall foliage along Ketchum Run Trail is spectacular!

The Ketchum Run Trail in autumn.
The Ketchum Run Trail in autumn.

Ketchum Run Falls is another highlight of this hike.

Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.
Ketchum Run Falls in the summer.

The trail eventually intersects with the Loyalsock Trail, allowing you to explore even more waterfalls downstream on Ketchum Run.

An autumn view of Lee's Falls on Ketchum Run.
An autumn view of Lee’s Falls on Ketchum Run.

17. Eat at the Forksville General Store and Restaurant

Big Mike’s Philly-style cheesesteaks and hoagies at the Forksville General Store and Restaurant have a reputation for being the some of THE finest sandwiches in Pennsylvania.

The Forksville General Store near Worlds End State Park.
The Forksville General Store near Worlds End State Park.

Located right next to the Forksville Covered Bridge, I can personally attest to the deliciousness of the sandwiches at the Forksville General Store!


18. Hike to Alpine Falls

Located just outside the Worlds End State Park boundary, Alpine Falls is located along the Loyalsock Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest.

A map to Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A map to Alpine Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Alpine Falls is most easily accessed via the Crane Spur Trail off of Loyalsock Road.

Alpine Falls in Sullivan County.
Alpine Falls in Sullivan County.

When it’s flowing well, few waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest can rival Alpine Falls for sheer natural beauty.

Alpine Falls close-up, along the Loyalsock Trail.
Alpine Falls close-up, along the Loyalsock Trail.

19. Explore Loyalsock Creek

Loyalsock Creek is THE main artery flowing through the heart of Sullivan County.

Loyalsock Creek as it passes through Worlds End State Park.
Loyalsock Creek as it passes through Worlds End State Park.

Whether you’re swimming in it, fishing it, or just taking in the scenery, Loyalsock Creek is never far away when you’re exploring the area in and around Worlds End State Park.

Dutchman Run spilling into Loyalsock Creek.
Dutchman Run spilling into Loyalsock Creek.

20. Hike to Dutchman Falls

Dutchman Falls is a magnificent 27 foot tall, two-tiered waterfall located near the eastern terminus of the Loyalsock Trail.

Dutchman Falls in the summer.
Dutchman Falls in the summer.

Dutchman Falls is most easily accessed from a parking area just off of Route 220.

A map to Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A map to Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Winter is an especially scenic time at Dutchman Falls, with intricate ice formations surrounding the falls.

A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
A downstream view of Dutchman Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

So there you have it – my list of the 20 best things to do at Worlds End State Park!

A springtime scene at High Rock Falls in Worlds End State Park.
A springtime scene at High Rock Falls in Worlds End State Park.

Did I miss one of your favorite things to do at Worlds End State Park?

Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments below!


Nearby Attractions

Sullivan County is known as the “waterfall wonderland” of Pennsylvania, and you’ll find out why in my write-up “25 Must-See Waterfalls in Sullivan County”.

A downstream view of Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
A downstream view of Big Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

Many people like the 1-2 punch of hitting Worlds End State Park and Ricketts Glen State Park on the same trip.

Harrison Wright Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.
Harrison Wright Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park.

If you’re one of those people (or you’d like to be), be sure to check out “Exploring the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park” for my advice on hiking this world-famous trail.

Wyandot Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park in PA

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