Worlds End State Park
Worlds End State Park is a 780-acre Pennsylvania state park in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park’s land was once home to Native Americans, followed by settlers who cleared the forests for subsistence farming and later built sawmills. The word Forest was dropped on November 11, 1954, when the park was officially named Worlds End State Forest Park by the Pennsylvania Geographic Board.
About Worlds End State Park in brief
Worlds End State Park is a 780-acre Pennsylvania state park in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The name Worlds End has been used since at least 1872, but its origins are uncertain. The park’s land was once home to Native Americans, followed by settlers who cleared the forests for subsistence farming and later built sawmills. The first settlers were Paleo-Indian nomadic hunters known from their stone tools, which lasted locally from 7000 to 1000BC. The word Forest was dropped on November 11, 1954, when the park was officially named Worlds End State Forest Park by the Pennsylvania Geographic Board. This has been the official name ever since, but the names Whirls End and Whirl’s Glen are still used, and are synonymous with Worlds End. The state park offers year-round recreational opportunities, including environmental education, hiking, camping in tents and cabins, whitewater rafting, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and fishing. A wide variety of wildlife is found in the park, which is also part of an Important Bird Area. It is one of \”Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks\” named by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which describes it as \”irtually in a class by itself, this wild, rugged and rustic area seems almost untamed\”. The park is located in the Endless Mountains region of the dissected Allegheny Plateau, with a continental climate and rocks and fossils from the Carboniferous period.
The land is now in what is now Pennsylvania in at least 10,000 BC, but there are traces of human activity as far back as 1000 BC. The Woodland period marked the transition to semi-permanent horticulture between 1000 BC and 1500AD. Archeological evidence shows that the state park was used as a hunting ground in the Archaic period, from 7000BC to 1500AD, when hunters used stone tools to hunt and gather food. The current name of the park is not part of the official U.S. Geographic Names Information System, although it does appear in informal usage in older records of the older records and in today’s informal usage. It was originally known as Huerle’s Bend, but then years of mispronunciation turned it into World’s End. A letter campaign led to the name of. the park being changed to Whirlings End state Forest Park in 1936; opponents of the new name launched another letter-writing campaign to revert the name to Worlds EndState Forest Park. The board ruled that the name be changed once again to Worldsend State Forest. Park opened in 1932, and its name has caused some confusion and controversy over the years. The proponents of the second name base their claim upon the whirlpool in the Loyalsock Creek, and the third name was probably a contraction of the other two. The first name arose from the topography of the place. Seven mountain ranges converge on the point and one does receive the sensation of being at the ultimate ends of the earth.