Interested in a trip to Sullivan County, but not sure what to do and see?
Here are some suggested itineraries to get you started!
Bucket List Destinations
- Incredible View: Canyon Vista Seven mountain ranges collide to create a one-of-a-kind tableau in Worlds End State Park. Spring and summer provide lush green scenery, autumn is ablaze with reds, yellows, and oranges, and winter’s bare trees allow for an unimpeded view of the ravines below. The hike up to the vista can be a bit difficult, but is definitely worth the trek. It is also accessible by car, if driving is more your speed. However you approach it, the view will leave you awestruck. Don’t forget your camera!
- Breathtaking Waterfall: Dutchman Falls While there are a lot of waterfalls in Sullivan County, let alone in Pennsylvania as a whole, the most spectacular to behold is Dutchman Falls, located along the Loyalsock Trail, near the Haystacks (another great sight to see!). Dutchman Falls is the rare waterfall that is even more beautiful in person than in photos. It is a relatively easy hike to reach the falls, but it can be very slippery, so please dress appropriately and keep aware of your surroundings.
- Amazing Natural Formation: Ticklish Rock Take a drive to Shrewsbury Township, and you will be rewarded with a supremely atypical sight: a rock formation consisting of one large rock balancing precariously upon a smaller rock. A formation such as this one should wiggle, as if it is being tickled, hence the name. The rock is located on private land, so make sure to check in with the Ticklish Rock Hunting Club for permission to access the structure.
- Unique Local Event: Outhouse Races Every August, Dushore’s Founder’s Day festivities commence, with food, kids’ games, and arts and crafts. The most notable event, however, is the Outhouse Races. Thousands of people descend upon downtown Dushore to watch people race wheeled outhouses down Main St. You have to see it to believe it!
Not-So-Secret Swimming Holes
- The Secret Is Out: Loyalsock Creek at Worlds End State Park A small dam on Pennsylvania’s River of the Year creates a refreshing swimming area. There is a small beach adjacent to the water. Swimming is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, sunrise to sunset.
- Everyone’s Favorite: Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park This lake surpasses any local pool: 600 feet of beach, concession stands, boat rentals, and picnic tables. Full of fresh water, Lake Jean is the go-to place in the summer! Swimming is open from late-May to mid-September, 8am until sunset.
Hike & Relax
26 Trails - 2 Parks / Ricketts Glen and Worlds End State Parks
- Fresh Air is the Best Air: Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park – Breathe in that fresh mountain area while hiking to 21 beautiful waterfalls. The trail can be rocky and slippery, so don’t forget your hiking boots!
- Treasure Hunting: Fossils at Worlds End State Park – Get your hands dirty, and dig in the fresh earth at this under-the-radar state park. You will find fossils buried there from the time of the dinosaurs. Now that’s what I call buried treasure!
- Big Year Birdwatching: Audubon Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park – The trails at this park have been chosen to appear in Audubon’s collection for its superior birdwatching. Bring your binoculars, stay on the path, and try to keep your oohs and ahhs at a whisper while you spot 23 different varieties of warblers and bald eagles!
- Wildlife Viewing: Loyalsock Trail at Worlds End State Park – Whether you like big animals, like bears and coyotes, or smaller ones, like the recently reintroduced fisher and river otter, you will be sure to spot some amazing wildlife along this trail. Keep your eyes peeled, and your camera at the ready!
- Genealogy Dabbler: Sullivan County Museum – Learn about the people who founded this beautiful county, and what their lives were like at this one-of-a-kind museum. The knowledgeable staff is always eager to chat, teach, and answer all of your questions.
- Local History Lover: Eagles Mere Museum – Eagles Mere has the “resort town” vibe down pat, but do you know how it all started? Take an afternoon and walk through this quaint museum. Be sure to check out the unique finds in the museum store!
- Grease Monkey: Eagles Mere Air & Auto Museum – If you love cars and planes, then this stop is for you! Explore the founder’s collection of 75 cars from the 1950s and 1960s, plus airplanes from 1908-1935 and a vast array of memorabilia. Hours can vary, so please call ahead of your trip.
- European History Aficionado: French Azilum – Visit the home built for Marie Antoinette and her court, nestled in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, along the Susquehanna River. While the queen and her entourage never made it to the settlement, French loyalists lived here for 10 years, until pardoned by Napoleon Bonaparte. Explore the museum cabin, blacksmith shop, herb garden, and wine cellar on your own, and then take a guided tour through The Laporte House, built in 1836. Dushore’s first resident and namesake, traveled from Philadelphia to the French Azilium.
- Freedom Fighter: Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum – Honoring those who fought for our freedom, this museum contains artifacts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted to keep this monument to history and freedom alive.
- Reconnect with Nature: Worlds End State Park
- Spend the day at the hidden gem of Pennsylvania’s State Parks system. Take a guided hike, or fly solo, and check out the best views in the county at Canyon Vista and High Knob Overlook. Explore waterfalls, quiet spots for meditation or reading, and take a refreshing swim in the Loyalsock Creek, named Pennsylvania’s 2018 River of the Year.
- Breathtaking Nature: Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen
- Bring your camera (and waterproof gear!) as you hike to 21 waterfalls located within the park. The trail is rocky and can be slippery, so please dress appropriately and stay alert.
- Catch and Release: Sunfish Pond
- Display your fishing prowess at this 30 acre pond, stocked with trout, bass, pickerel, perch and sunfish. Surrounded by state game lands, you can be sure to see some impressive wildlife, as well, including bald eagles!
- Breathtaking Nature: Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen
- Get Your Heart Rate Up: Kayaking the Loyalsock Creek
- Soothe Your Soul: Loyalsock State Forest
- Commune with nature along the Loyalsock Trail in the Loyalsock State Forest. You can hike the trail, or drive through the 140 miles of forest, spotting wildlife and natural wonders along the way.
DUSHORE - Experience a Small Town in the Country
Eat, Shop, Fill-up: Everything you need is here – Breakfast spots, Luncheonette, Markets, Banks, Library, Post Office, Gas, ATMS, Medical Clinic, Dentist, Variety Stores, and nationally recognized Subway, Pudgies Pizza, Dollar General and Family Dollar, most within walking distance.
French Connection History: Founded in 1859, the town is named after a Frenchman (Dushore is an anglicized spelling of Aristide Du-petit Thouars) who ventured from France to Philadelphia, to the French Asylum, where he was given the area of Dushore to farm.
What’s best about it: Dushore’s unique location and close proximity to two of PA’s most beautiful State Parks, Rickett’s Glen and World’s End, make it the perfect home-base for upstate PA activities. Kast Pond is a perfect spot for fishing or a picnic. St Basil’s Church, built by German immigrants, is a picturesque sight on the hill above the town. Founder’s Day in August is a highlight of the summer.