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The name of World's End State Park

September 5, 2013 - Barb Barrett
My husband and I spent some time at World's End during Labor Day week. Sullivan County holds some very interesting events such as the Sullivan County Fair in Forksville and Eagles Mere's Labor Day Weekend festival. We were camping with our RV and Paul went up earlier as he was a judge at the fair on Tuesday morning. This is a wonderful little fair with some unique displays and the best funnel cake I ever tasted. We like spending time there and family members can come and go because it is so close to us. Yet I couldn't help thinking why the place was called 'World's End' although it seems like the end of the world as there is nothing but green forest in the surroundings. A visit to the ranger's office revealed its history. Originally noted on a map from 1872 early native American settlers were possibly inspired by the view at the junction of Pioneer Road Trail and World's End Trail, and the area on the map was called 'World's End.' Seven mountain ranges converge on the point which gives you the sensation of "being at the ultimate ends of the earth." This 780 acre state park is part of the Loyalsock State Forest system located in the Endless Mountains region of the dissected Allegheny Plateau. DCNR has named it as one of the "Twenty Must See Pennsylvania Parks." And this fall will be spectacular for a visit showcasing lots of color. There are very accommodating cottages and cabins to rent as well that border the creek. The place is loaded with rocks and fossils and some outstanding vistas that welcome visitors from all over the country. So grab that picnic basket and take a little getaway road trip this week while the weather is comfortable. It only takes about 40 minutes to get there from Hughesville. Also plan a trip during Forksville's Fall Festival in October at the fairgrounds next to World's End and watch a live chainsaw wood carving contest take place. If you can't get to Worlds End, be sure to watch the documentary on WViA this month which will feature the State of Pennsylvania with Governor Gifford Pinchot, a founder of World's End State Park and the preservation of Pennsylvania's forests.


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