Hike Smith's Knob Hike via the Loyalsock Trail

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Added by Eric Beiter

An intense Hike along the Loyalsock Trail that is well worth the final view.

Smith's Knob is a short, but fairly challenging section of the overall Loyalsock Trail. Smith's Knob has a distinctively round peak, and viewed from Rider Park, sticks out to all very easily. The trail starts off very steep, and will require some effort right away. However, it soon becomes more of a gradual incline. Be cautious in the winter, ice will make it extremely difficult to climb the start of the trail.

Once that part is out of the way you are able to enjoy the forest, with a thick undergrowth of ferns allowing you to see for some distance into the trees. You eventually come to whats known as Helen's Window, a small vista, over looking the Loyalsock.

When you reach the base of the distinctively round peak you are faced with the most challenging and rewarding part of your climb. Gaining elevation very quickly the trail is very steep, and depending on the time of year, may require using your hands once or twice. After you make it to the top of the peak, it flattens out again, and are rewarded with one of the most beautiful views on the Loyalsock Trail.

After enjoying your conquest of the peak, start back down the way you came. The hike back down can be tricky because of the quick descend. Use caution and if you have hiking poles they would not be a bad idea at all. You are able to camp along the Loyalsock Trail, so don't be surprised if you find others along your hike with a backpack full of gear.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera
  • Proper footwear
  • Camping gear
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



8.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1400 Feet


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

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Added by Eric Beiter

The area I have grown up in and am thankful to call home today, Lycoming County, PA has been one of my favorite subjects. From a simple hobby to what has become a passion, photography is a part of my life.

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