Discover Sullivan County
Sullivan County covers an area of 478 square miles, or 305.920 acres. The state owns one third of this acreage as State Forest Lands and State Game Lands. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission owns a 1500 acre tract which includes Hunters Lake in Shrewsbury Township.
Laporte is the county seat, population 290 (2000), at an elevation of 2060 feet above sea level. Located at Laporte is the Sullivan County High School, the Sullivan County Medical Center, The Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the Sullivan County Historical Museum, the Baldwin House and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation county maintenance garage.
Sullivan County is in North-eastern Pennsylvania, one of the counties of the Endless Mountains. It is bounded on the north by Bradford Co/; on the east by Wyoming Co.; on the south by Luzerne Co.; and on the west by Lycoming and Columbia Counties.
Sullivan County is served by U.S. routes 87 and 220, 154, 487, and 42. Nearest rail head, Monroeton; airports within 50 miles: Williamsport; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton; Elmira; Towanda (general services); bus service overland buses at Towanda, and Williamsport.
Yearly precipitation (rain) 35 inches; yearly snowfall can range between 40 and 140 inches, yearly normal is 41 inches; July temperature average 71.3 degrees F; January temperature average 27.4 degrees F; duration of freeze-free periods, mid June to mid September. 90 days. Each year the Sullivan Review sponsors a “Guess How Much Snow” contest. In 2007-08 we had 70 plus inches.
The principal agricultural activity is dairy farming with 23 active dairies, a few beef cattle, a few sheep, corn for grain and silage, some small grams, maple syrup, and Christmas trees. There are a few small subsistence farms.
The county has two state parks, Ricketts Glen and Worlds End. Both have up to date facilities, concessions, swimming, camping. Both have new visitor centers.
Worlds End can be reached via PA Route 154 from Laporte. Facilities at Worlds End include a swimming area and picnic area; family cabins; class A campgrounds; tent camping; hiking, fishing. hunting. cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. A number of winterized cabins are available. Call the park office for details (717) 924-3287. The mailing address is Worlds End State Park, P.O. Box 62. Forksville, PA 18616. Worlds End website
A state park of over 13,000 acres in Sullivan, Wyoming, and Luzerne Counties, the park is on Route 487, 30 miles north of Bloomsburg, 18 miles south of Dushore. Facilities include Lake Jean for swimming, boating & fishing; hiking on two in-park trails, camping, all-weather cabins; ice fishing and hunting. Call (570)-477-5673 or write Ricketts Glen State Park, RR1, Box 251, Benton, PA 17814. Ricketts Glen website
Sullivan County School District
There is one school district in Sullivan County with a high and elementary school in Laporte, and another elementary school in Mildred.
The 2007-2008 enrollment is approximately 720 students in all grades. The 2007-2008 school budget was approximately 11.4 million dollars supported by a real estate tax levy of 10.5 mills. The proposed 2008-2009 budget is approximately 12.2 million, a modest increase. The tax rate will be increased to meet this figure before the new budget is passed.
Fifty percent or more of graduates go on to higher education in colleges or technical schools. Many go into military service.
The combined school libraries contain over 40,000 volumes and have regional and statewide access to larger library facilities via the internet.
Computers are in use at all grade levels and distance learning programs are available.
Many students are home schooled or in cyber school programs.
The school district office is in Dushore (570)928-8194. All schools are on the internet.
map of Loyalsock Trail through Sullivan County
The Loyalsock Trail
A 50 plus mile trail running in an east to west direction, beginning at Ringdale (on Route 220 south of Dushore) and ending in Lycoming County, passing through Loyalsock State Forest lands, and Worlds End State Park. It can be entered and exited at many points along its blazed route. Maps are available at The Sullivan Review showing the topography and providing a verbal description by mile mark of the trail.
The LT is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport. The trail follows Indian Paths, old railroad grades, goes through Worlds End State Park and former CCC camps, with waterfalls and many vistas. For info call (570) 326-0133. Pack out what you pack in, take only pictures, leave only footprints.