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Introduction to Loyalsock State Forest

Loyalsock State Forest, situated in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, covers over 114,552 acres across Sullivan, Lycoming, and Bradford Counties. Named after the Loyalsock Creek that runs through it, the forest offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Camping in Loyalsock State Forest

When it comes to camping, Loyalsock State Forest provides numerous options, including motorized campsites, tent sites, and primitive backpacking campsites. Camping permits are generally required, and they can be obtained from the forest district office. Here is some important information regarding camping near Cascade Road:

Cascade Road Designated Campsites

Primitive Camping:

  • Primitive, or dispersed, camping is allowed within the state forest, but specific rules may apply.
  • There are often designated sites along roads like Cascade Road where campers can set up with a minimal impact on the environment.

Permits and Regulations:

  • If you are camping at the same site for more than one night or are part of a group of more than 10 people, you will need a free camping permit.
  • Permits can often be obtained from the district office or via their website. Make sure to check the latest requirements.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.


  • Designated primitive sites may have limited amenities, such as a flat area for a tent, a fire ring, and occasionally a picnic table.
  • No water or electrical hook-ups are available at these sites. Campers must be prepared to carry out what they carry in.

Accessing Cascade Road

Cascade Road is one of the various access points in the Loyalsock State Forest. Depending on the location of the campsite you are targeting, the road conditions can vary. Some sections of the forest roads may be unpaved and rough, so a vehicle with high clearance might be beneficial.

Activities Around Cascade Road


  • The Loyalsock Trail and other trails in the area offer extensive hiking opportunities through diverse landscapes.

Water Activities:

  • Loyalsock Creek provides options for fishing, kayaking, and swimming, with certain areas being known for their beauty and tranquility.

Wildlife Observation:

  • The state forest is a habitat for many wildlife species, so it's a great place for bird watching and wildlife photography.

Safety Considerations


  • Check the weather forecast before your trip and prepare accordingly.
  • Bring a map, compass, or GPS, especially since cell service can be spotty.


  • Be aware of wildlife including bears. Store your food properly to avoid attracting animals to your campsite.

Fire Safety:

  • Open fires may be restricted during certain times of the year due to the risk of forest fires. Check with the forest district office for current regulations.
  • Always extinguish campfires completely before leaving your campsite.

Emergency Planning:

  • Have a first aid kit and know basic first aid.
  • Be aware of the nearest medical facilities.


Camping along Cascade Road in the Loyalsock State Forest can be a rewarding experience for outdoor enthusiasts. However, it's important to research and follow the specific guidelines for the area, respect the natural environment, and prioritize safety during your visit. Always check with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) or the local forest district office for the latest information before heading out.

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