Haystacks

Laporte, Pennsylvania

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This is an easy, pleasant hike along Loyalsock Creek to the Haystacks boulders area and Dutchman Run Falls. At the falls you can explore the site where the falls empties into the creek. With its deep, hemlock-shaded valleys and plenty of pine needles covering the ground, this area could justly be described as picturesque. This hike got its name from a section of Loyalsock Creek where sandstone boulders—which are said to look like haystacks—create a series of rapids in an otherwise calm creek. The best time to see these rapids is when the water level is high—in spring after the winter melt-off or late fall after the area’s rainy season. The Haystacks lie at the eastern terminus of the 59.3-mile-long Loyalsock Trail.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This is an easy, pleasant hike along Loyalsock Creek to the Haystacks boulders area and Dutchman Run Falls. At the falls you can explore the site where the falls empties into the creek. With its deep, hemlock-shaded valleys and plenty of pine needles covering the ground, this area could justly be described as picturesque.

This hike got its name from a section of Loyalsock Creek where sandstone boulders—which are said to look like haystacks—create a series of rapids in an otherwise calm creek. The best time to see these rapids is when the water level is high—in
spring after the winter melt-off or late fall after the area’s rainy season. The Haystacks lie at the eastern terminus of the 59.3-mile-long Loyalsock Trail.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Laporte
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 648 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Loyalsock State Forest, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation, 6735 US 220, Dushore 18614; (570) 946-4049; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/stateforests/loyalsock/index.htm Hillsgrove Ranger Station, 4 Dry Run Rd., Hillsgrove; (570) 924-3501
Local Maps: USGS Laporte, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Haystacks

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