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June 20, 2024
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Must-See Hiking Trails in NEPA’s Great Outdoors

They don’t call us the Endless Mountains for nothing. With rolling hills and vast forests, this area offers a taste of the wilderness just a short drive from Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.


Keystone College Woodlands Campus, Factoryville, PA.


Our parks, trails, and public lands promise adventure around every corner. Take advantage of the long, sunny days for a summer hike. From family-friendly nature walks to multi-day backpacking trips, you’ll find it all in the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.


For Waterfall Views: Falls Trail


Falls Trail, Ricketts Glen State Park. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Montella.


Not many day hikes can boast 21 waterfalls, but that’s just what you’ll find at the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park. This trail leads you into the rocky gorge of the Glens Natural Area, where you’ll get a close-up view of the famous falls. The tallest is Ganoga Falls at a jaw-dropping 94 feet high.


Falls Trail, Ricketts Glen State Park. Photo courtesy of Randy Stauffer.


The entire Falls Trail system is about seven miles long. However, you can create a shorter 3.2-mile loop (and still see most of the falls) by connecting the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sections with the Highland Trail.


Falls Trail, Ricketts Glen State Park. Photo courtesy of Tim Devine.


The Falls Trail isn’t for the faint of heart. The trail is notoriously challenging with slippery, rocky terrain, so make sure to wear sturdy shoes. Trekking poles can help provide balance on narrow, steep sections. For an easier alternative, try the Evergreen Trail, which is located just off of Route 118. This one-mile hike is short enough for kids and still includes stunning views of Adams Falls.


For Family Adventures: Keystone College Woodlands Campus


Keystone College Woodlands Campus, Factoryville, PA.


Keystone College’s Woodlands Campus is home to about seven miles of easy and moderate hiking trails. Here, you’ll find everything a kid could ask for, including a creek to explore, and a suspension bridge that looks like something straight from an adventure movie. A mix of wetlands, woods, and meadows mean that there’s something new around every corner—perfect for curious kids!


Trolley Trail at Countryside Conservancy.


The Woodlands Campus also links to Countryside Conservancy’s Trolley Trail. This section of the trail is 1.7 miles long and stretches from La Plume to Factoryville. The crushed stone surface is flat and smooth enough for strollers. Parking is available at Keystone College above the football field.


For Epic Views: Canyon Vista Trail


Loyalsock Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park, Forksville, PA.


Hike to the top of the Loyalsock Canyon Vista, one of the most recognizable views in Worlds End State Park. This four-mile loop starts along the banks of the Loyalsock Creek, then begins a steady climb through the forest. From the top, you’ll enjoy a view of the park below and mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. After snapping some photos, check out the nearby Rock Garden, where a jumble of boulders creates Mother Nature’s own playground.

During the warmer months, you can also drive to the view via Mineral Spring and Cold Run Roads.


For Wildlife Watching: River & Eagle Trails


Vosburg Neck State Park, Tunkhannock, PA.


Vosburg Neck State Park near Tunkhannock earns its name from the dramatic oxbow bend where the Susquehanna River curves around the mountains. This stunning area draws more than just human visitors—it’s also a haven for wildlife. You’ll often see deer peeking out from the brush, herons wading in the shallows, and ducks bobbing along in the current. The park is also home to a pair of bald eagles. From the boat launch, look across the river slightly to the left to see their nesting site.


Vosburg Neck State Park Boat Launch.


Keep your eyes peeled along the park’s peaceful riverside trails. River Trail is an out-and-back trail that’s about half a mile one way. An earthen path leads along the riverbank, where you can often spot migratory birds and waterfowl. Eagle Trail, which is located further down Vosburg Road, is another great option for birdwatching. This trail is an out-and-back and measures about a mile one way. Both trails are fairly easy with a just few roots, rocks, and drainage dips.

For Hardcore Hikers: The Loyalsock Trail


Loyalsock Trail (Rode falls) Photo courtesy of Colin Xu.


The Loyalsock Trail (affectionately known as the LT) is a backpacking route through the heart of the Loyalsock State Forest. It clocks in at about 59 miles, and most thru-hikers can finish it in three to five days. If day hikes are more your style, there’s plenty of parking lots and access points to split the trail into shorter sections.


High Knob Overlook in Loyalsock State Forest. Photo courtesy of Dennis J. Kowalewski.


The Loyalsock Trail will challenge you with tough climbs and rocky terrain, but the scenery makes it well worth the effort. Along the way, you’ll spot dozens of waterfalls tucked away in the forest. The trail passes right through Worlds End State Park, visits the tranquil waters of Sones Pond, and climbs to views like Canyon Vista and Smith’s Knob. Stop by the rapids at the Haystacks or take a side adventure to High Knob Overlook, which is located just off the trail.


For a Sunday Stroll: Iroquois Trail


Iroquois Trail, Tunkhannock, PA.


For a short and simple walk in the woods, try the Iroquois Trail in Tunkhannock. This out-and-back trail follows the old Lehigh Valley Railroad grade through dense forests. It’s generally flat and smooth with a crushed gravel surface.

If you park at the Bob Massaker Sports Complex, the trail is about 1.8 miles one way. Additional parking is located at the trailhead parking lot further up Sunnyside Road.



The Iroquois Trail feels quiet and secluded, yet it lies just on the edge of downtown Tunkhannock. After your walk, grab a bite to eat at the nearby restaurants and cafes. You can even grab a post-hike beer at Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery, which is just across the road on Route 6.


Discover More Outdoor Adventures


Image courtesy of Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.


With hundreds of miles of trails, there’s so much more to explore in the Endless Mountains. For more ideas, check out the brand-new Outdoor Recreation Guide, which was just released in June 2024. This booklet includes exciting spots to hike, bike, paddle, camp, and more. You can download  the guide online or request a free printed copy by visiting our website or calling 570-836-5431. Happy trails!