Hike the High Rock Trail at World's End State Park

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  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Point-to-Point

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    365 Feet

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

An intense hike along some very rocky terrain in World's End State Park.

World's End offers a ton of trails, some for the family, and some for the more adventurous. The High Rock Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the State Park and one of the shortest. Start by parking at the main parking lot just a crossed from the beach. Take a quick walk over the bridge to the trailhead and just as the sidewalk ends you will see the sign for the trail on the right. Immediately, you will be confronted with a warning sign to confirm that you have the correct footwear for what is about to come.

Most all of the elevation gain takes place at the very beginning of the trail with a few spots to catch your breath on the way up followed by a small vista that looks back to the parking area from which you came. Once you take in the view at the vista, the harder and most interesting part of the trail begins. The trail cuts through large rock formations with ample places to explore your surroundings before heading back along the trail.

The descent of the trail is the hardest. Hiking poles would be advised if you are not sure footed, or in the winter time when conditions may be icy. As the trail cuts back and forth down the side of the mountain, watch your step so you do not go tumbling down, and keep an eye out for changes in direction of the trail. The end of the descent is marked by a small mountain stream that feeds into the Loyalsock Creek. In the spring especially, water will be flowing through the rocks and makes for a great photo opportunity. Cross the stream to finish the trail and go right to take the road back to the parking area, or continue on your way through the park onto one of the other trails.

Pack List

  • Proper shoes
  • Hiking poles
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Bug spray
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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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