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December 05, 2023
World’s End State Park – Nittany Lions In NEPA
Matthew Janson
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A Necessary, Peaceful Escape

Photo courtesy of Matthew Janson.

 

Sometimes, you just need to step away from it all for a moment.

I always have a full schedule when it comes to college, work, and my involvement at school. So, when I need a break from the chaos of life, I escape to the scenic wilderness of World’s End State Park.

I always loved exploring the different trails in and around my hometown of Bloomsburg. My parents always took me on hikes when I was in elementary school. That’s what first sparked my love of hiking. Ever since, I’ve used hiking as a way to de-stress when life gets too busy.

With all my responsibilities on top of work and school, I sometimes need an escape. And, after hiking all throughout the region, I discovered a true gem just steps outside of NEPA at World’s End State Park in Sullivan County.

 

Photo courtesy of Matthew Janson.

 

A view for miles.

World’s End offers breathtaking views, from mountain ranges to the creeks and streams running through the valley. The Canyon Vista Trail and Link Trail offer a stunning treetop view of the seven mountain ranges. Additionally, the Canyon Vista Overlook also features a unique rock garden. A natural grouping of massive boulders creates a narrow maze you can carefully explore – a highlight for any geological history buff.

A trek back down the mountain brings you to Link Trail and Loyalsock Creek which runs through the valley. The rocks along the creek provide a perfect place to relax after hiking the mountains. Link Trail also brings you to the park office, restrooms and picnic areas. And in the summer, you can cool off at the park’s creekside beach and take a dip in the icy mountain water.

 

Photo courtesy of Matthew Janson.

 

The trails at World’s End State Park cover over 26 miles.

Hikers of any skill level can explore a variety of trails from moderate to more difficult. One of the best parts about World’s End is the different trail combinations. Every time you visit, you can hike a new path. And with the vast number of trails, it’s likely you won’t run into any other hikers. That’s especially true during quieter winter and spring months.

When I go for hikes, I like to bring my camera along to help capture the beauty that Pennsylvania holds. Regardless of the time of year, there are always sights to see at World’s End — whether it’s snow-covered vistas or the summer sun shimmering through the trees.

It’s easy to connect with nature at World’s End. And it’s also a great way to disconnect from the bustling world around us. As a bonus, limited cell service means you get to enjoy peace and quiet without being distracted by the buzz of your phone. This is what makes World’s End my favorite place to hike.

Grab a trail map and go explore Worlds End State Park. And don’t forget to check out all of NEPAs local, state and national parks.

 

Featured image (top) courtesy of Matthew Janson.