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Hunting Season and the Loyalsock Forest
PLEASE ALWAYS BE AWARE PENNSYLVNIA STATE FOREST LAND IS ALSO LEGAL HUNTING LAND! WEAR HUNTER’S ORANGE!
With the beginning of Archery Season in October, this should be a reminder that the Loyalsock Trail, of which over 80% passes through State Forest, is also legal for large and small game hunting. Because the State Game Commission Rules are varied and changing, we encourage you to review the Rules and Regulations, for what game is in season, when and where, at the following website link: PA Game Commission
Regardless of the Game in season, you are encouraged, for everyone’s safety and consideration, to wear Hunter’s Orange vest or hat
Gas Well and Pipeline Activity on Allegheny Front
The following advisory affects the LT in a few short sections between Miles 1.95 and 3.60. This advisory is also posted on a few signs in that area of the LT and on DCNR website: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateForests/FindAForest/Loyalsock/Pages/Advisories.aspx
Loyalsock Trail Advisory
Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) is constructing a natural gas pipeline from its well pad on Allegheny Ridge (Little Bear area of Loyalsock State Forest) along portions of the Bryan Hay Trail and a small section of the Loyalsock Trail. The pipeline’s 50 foot wide clearing is directly adjacent to the LT for about 160 yards, from LT Miles 3.51 to 3.60 — that is, from where the LT takes the left fork where Bryan Hay Road meets old Smith Road, and to where LT turns left and leaves Bryan Hay Road (see LT Guide).
Trail markers are located on the north side of the opening. Hikers should use caution when traversing this area and avoid construction equipment. The forest district is working with the Alpine Club of Williamsport and PGE to assess and resolve potential long-term impacts to this section of the trail, extending to mile marker 1.95, in totality rather than piecemeal as PGE’s operation moves forward.
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.