As changes, modifications, or relocations of the Loyalsock Trail occur, they will be announced on this page. Check back so you know where and when these changes occur.
Be prepared for ticks. Before hiking, be sure that you are aware of what precautions you can take to minimize your chances of being bitten by a tick. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are two places to start looking for information. Carry a tick removal tool with you. The O’TOM/Tick Twister tool is one that is used by several members of the Alpine Club.
Rattlesnakes may be found anywhere along the LT. Rattlesnakes are normally quite docile and shy when left undisturbed and will only strike in self defense when harassed or startled. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and loose fitting pants. Scan the area in front of you and be aware of where you are placing your feet; be especially cautious when placing your hands or feet atop or among rocks and crevices. If you do encounter a rattlesnake, enjoy the memorable experience, keep a safe distance from it and leave it alone—most rattlesnake bites result from the snake being harassed or picked up.
Porcupines, Dogs and Wasps
Porcupines have chewed brake and fuel lines, radiator hoses, wiring harnesses, valve stems and plastic molding in the High Knob area.
While it might be enjoyable to hike with man’s best friend, hikers with dogs should be aware that there are a number of porcupines along the Loyalsock Trail.
During the hot, dry summer months, wasps occasionally make their nests along the trail. Dogs that are allowed to run free might disturb these nests, resulting in a painful experience for both hikers and dogs.
Briers and Brambles
Over the past 25 years the forests through which the Loyalsock Trail passes have been repeatedly defoliated by gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, and elm spanworm caterpillars. As a result, many trees have died; the sun striking the forest floor has promoted the growth of extensive patches of thorny blackberry canes. Although efforts have been made to keep the trail cleared, they still present a problem.
The worst areas are Split Rock, High Knob, and the section between Sones Pond and the Iron Bridge.