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Nearby Attractions to Hickory Run State Park

Information about Hickory Run State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau.

Explore the Area

The nearby communities of Hickory Run and Albrightsville offer shopping and eating opportunities. Just 10 miles away is the town of Jim Thorpe (formerly known as Mauch Chunk) which is consistently named one of the “best” and most fun, romantic, and adventurous towns to visit in Pennsylvania.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon County Chamber & Economic Development.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Hickory Run State Park is close to several state parks and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Weiser State Forest

The nearly 30,000-acre Weiser State Forest is located in the ridge and valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. The forest offers many outdoor opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, and even hang gliding.

The Appalachian Trail traverses Pennsylvania for 229 miles, and approximately 114 miles pass through the Weiser Forest District.

Nescopeck State Park

Bordered on the south by steep Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, the 3,550-acre Nescopeck State Park encompasses wetlands, rich forests, and many diverse habitats. Nescopeck Creek, a favorite of anglers, meanders through the park. Hiking trails follow the creek, pass through quiet forests, and skirt wetlands.

An environmental education center provides year-round educational programs on the park’s diverse resources. Interpretive exhibits highlighting the park’s natural history can be seen inside the environmental education center.

Lehigh Gorge State Park

The 6,107-acre Lehigh Gorge State Park is characterized by a deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings, and waterfalls.
In Luzerne and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania, the park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park.

Popular recreational activities include hiking, biking, whitewater boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching.

Beltzville State Park

The 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park features the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, which is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and is a destination for boaters and anglers. The sand beach and picnic pavilions are very popular.

Other recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and hunting.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

There are several other nearby outdoor spaces and natural places near Hickory Run State Park:

  • State Game Lands 129 and 187 are nearby, offering additional recreational opportunities
  • The Pocono Lake Preserve and Long Pond Conservation Easement are nearby to the east of the park

Exploring Audubon’s Lehigh Autotour

Lehigh Gorge State Park and Hickory Run State Park are featured in a unique auto tour entitled Exploring Audubon’s Lehigh. The tour focuses on famed naturalist John James Audubon’s 1829 visit to the Rockport area of the Lehigh River Valley and explores the valley’s natural and historical landscapes.

Brochures and CDs are available at several locations along the 53-mile route, including the Hickory Run State Park office. Signs mark the route and identify tour stops. The tour begins in Jim Thorpe at the Old Mauch Chunk Landing or in White Haven at the Lehigh Canal Depot. The tour is located within the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

Hickory Run State Park is in the Audubon’s Lehigh Reach of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. The Corridor stretches more than 150 miles from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol in eastern Pennsylvania, and follows the historic routes of the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad, the Lehigh Navigation, and the Delaware Canal.

The corridor showcases the extraordinary natural, cultural, and recreational resources and works to conserve the heritage of the area. Corridor landings (visitor centers) are available throughout the region to direct visitors to many opportunities that tell the stories that make the region so nationally significant.