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Location and Access

Mead Road is located within the Loyalsock State Forest, which spans portions of Sullivan, Lycoming, and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania. This state forest is known for its picturesque scenery and variety of recreational activities. To find specific access points and conditions of Mead Road for camping purposes, it's important to consult the most recent maps and information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) before your trip.

Camping Regulations

Camping in Loyalsock State Forest, including along Mead Road, is typically regulated by the DCNR. Campers should be aware of several important rules:

  • Permits: For overnight stays, particularly when camping outside designated campgrounds, you may need to obtain a free camping permit if staying for more than one night. Permits are usually required for primitive camping if you are within one mile of a road, state forest picnic area, or any other state forest day-use area.

  • Campfires: Fires are often only allowed in existing fire rings, and you may need to follow special instructions during periods of high fire risk. Always check for fire bans before your trip.

  • Campsites: Campsites must be chosen wisely, respecting the rule that they should be at least 200 feet from any stream or body of water to protect riparian habitats.

  • Leave No Trace: Following Leave No Trace principles is mandatory, meaning all trash should be packed out, and the natural environment should be left undisturbed.

Amenities and Facilities

The amenities along Mead Road can vary, but as in many state forest areas, facilities might be limited to primitive camping conditions without access to running water, electricity, or restroom facilities. Campers typically need to be self-sufficient and bring all necessary supplies, including water, food, and camping gear.

Activities in Loyalsock State Forest

The Loyalsock State Forest offers numerous outdoor activities that may be accessed from Mead Road:

  • Hiking: The area is known for scenic trails like the Loyalsock Trail and the Old Loggers Path.

  • Fishing and Hunting: Streams within the forest are popular for trout fishing, and hunting is allowed in certain areas during designated seasons.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The forest is home to various wildlife species, offering excellent opportunities for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Safety and Preparedness

When camping in remote areas like Mead Road, safety is paramount:

  • Weather: Always check the weather forecast before your trip and prepare accordingly.

  • First Aid: Carry a comprehensive first-aid kit and know how to use it.

  • Communication: Cell phone reception may be unreliable, so consider alternative communication methods for emergencies.

  • Navigation: Bring physical maps and a compass, as GPS devices can fail or lose signal.

Contact Information

Before heading out to Mead Road for camping, it's wise to contact the DCNR for the latest information:

Loyalsock State Forest District Office
6735 Route 220
Dushore, PA 18614
Phone: 570-946-4049

Reaching out to the local forest district office will provide you with current details on road conditions, camping regulations, required permits, and any recent alerts or notices for the area around Mead Road.

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