Hickory Run State
Hickory Run State
located in Northeast
western foothills of the Pocono Mountains.
about 15 miles from Hazelton, in
Pennsylvania near the intersection of I-81 and I-80. It
is a two or three-hour drive from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York
City and approximately an hour from Allentown, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre
Hickory Run State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania
Bureau of Parks as one of "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania
State Parks". You will find that Hickory Run, with it
16,000 acres, has a wonderful variety of recreational activities
that the entire family will enjoy. Opportunities include swimming,
fishing, hiking, picnicking, family camping, group camping, hunting,
sightseeing, birdwatching and hiking. In the winter,
this park is great for snowmobiling, ice skating, and cross country
skiing. In addition, since the Lehigh River borders the park, boat
enthusiast will find they can rent rafts, canoes and kayaks from rafting
companies. However, most people come to visit Hickory Run State Park to
see Hawk Falls, a terrific waterfall surrounded by mountain laurel and
rhododendron and the incredible Boulder Field, a National Natural
This large park has 43
miles of trails and every one can be hiked. These trails are
colored coded: hiking-only trails are yellow; blue-blazed trails allow
cross-country skiing; orange trails are designated for
snowmobiling. The hiking trails
from easy to difficult, so make sure you know you are at a level
comfortable for your family. There are a total of 23 trails with
11 rated easy, 7 moderate, and 5 difficult.
The trails lead through
beautiful scenic areas especially in June and July when the mountain
laurel and rhododendron are in bloom and in October when the leaves are
is important that you wear the proper clothing and footwear when hiking
and don't forget your camera.
snowmobiling and ice skating are the winter activities that can be
enjoyed in this park. There are
13 miles of designated
cross country trails and 21 miles of snowmobiling trails. Ice
skating is available at Sand Spring Lake, when conditions permit.
||1 mile - cross
||1.5-mile - cross
||2.5 miles - cross
miles - snowmobiling
- cross country skiing
|Hawk Falls Trail
|Manor House Trail
miles - snowmobiling
3.8 miles - cross country skiing
miles - cross country skiing
Boulder Field Trail
2.3-mile - cross country skiing
Fourth Run Trail
5 miles - snowmobiling
Shades of Death Trail
Picnic Areas and Swimming
There is a large
picnic area near Sand Spring Lake with over 400 picnic tables, a
playground, and restrooms. It also has a sand beach for
swimming that is open May thru September.
is a a must see to believe kind of place. It is one of the most
popular things to do in this park. It can be
reached by car on Boulder Field Road or by hiking
the 3.5-mile Boulder Field Trail. Note that Boulder Field
Trail is a dirt road that is marked from the main street. This
unique National Natural Landmark, seems to appear out of
nowhere in the park's dense woods.
It is about five football fields long and two wide, and it is filled
with boulders ranging from small pebbles to some measuring about 26 feet
matter how someone tries to describe it, you must see it for yourself to
truly understand why it is so unique.
The kids will
absolutely love exploring the boulder fields.
Fishing and Hunting
The streams and
lakes within the park, and the Lehigh river which flows along the parks
border allow for great fishing. In fact, some streams are
stocked with brook and brown trout.
for white-tailed deer, gray squirrel, black bear and turkey, is
permitted in many areas of the park.
Hickory Run allows for large tent and trailer camping. There are
two camping settings: primitive area with non-flush toilets and not
showers; modern campsite with showers, electric and sanitary dump
station. It can be very busy on summer weekends
so try and plan your trip off season. The modern area is open from
April to October and the rustic camping continues until mid-December.
Travel with a buddy
Be sure to have a cell
Take a backpack so that you
can keep your hands free
Be very careful of slippery
rocks and trails
Pack a picnic lunch
Bring a camera
taking bug spray and sunscreen
R.R. 1 Box 81
White Haven, PA 18661
Phone: 570-443-0400 Toll free: 888-727-2757
From I-80, take
Exit 274 at the Hickory Run State Park Exit, and drive east on
PA 534 for six miles.
Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 95
and drive west on PA 940 for three miles, then turn east on PA
534 for six miles.
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