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Hickory Run State Park

The 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has:

  • More than 40 miles of hiking trails
  • Three state park natural areas
  • Miles of trout streams

Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a National Natural Landmark.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.

 

Directions

The park is within a two or three-hour drive from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York City and one hour from Allentown, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre.

From I-80, take Exit 274 at the Hickory Run State Park Exit, and drive east on PA 534 for six miles.

From the 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.

GPS DD: Lat. 41.02449  Long. -75.70994

 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Top 10 Activities at Hickory Run

  1. Walk across Boulder Field.
  2. Cool off your feet in waters below Hawk Falls.
  3. Enjoy the solitude of Stametz Dam along Shades of Death Trail.
  4. Throw a picnic! Play18-holes of disc golf followed by a picnic in Sand Spring Day Use Area.
  5. View the Lehigh Gorge along Fireline Trail.
  6. Pull a wild brook trout from Hickory Run or Mud Run.
  7. Have an ice cream after swimming in Sand Spring Lake.
  8. Cross-country ski Sand Spring Trail.
  9. Spend a weekend with the family in a rustic camping cottage.
  10. Visit a neighbor -- Lehigh Gorge State Park!

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Diverse habitats and forest types, extensive wild areas, and unique geological formations make Hickory Run an excellent outdoor classroom. From March to November, an environmental education specialist conducts hands-on activities, guided walks, and presentations on the natural and historical resources for school groups, scouts, civic organizations, and the general public.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Group programs must be arranged in advance by calling the park office. Teacher workshops are available.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton
700 East Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
570-501-4000

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