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Update 6/5/2020: All state park beaches will OPEN TO SWIMMING on June 6.

     Beaches, pools, and associated parking areas will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.

     Reservable boating facilities, select restroom facilities in day use areas, family campsites, and park offices are OPEN. Cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts will open on June 12. Visitor center exhibit halls will remain closed. All amphitheater, organized group tenting, and pavilion rentals will remain closed through at least June 15 and will only reopen when the county is designated green.  Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs will resume in green counties beginning June 15. Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs remain canceled in yellow counties and will not resume until the county is designated green.  Please call the park office before you visit with questions.

     As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, group cabin camps will remain closed for the 2020.

Social Distancing (6/5/2020)

All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.

     Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. If you are sick, stay home.

     The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.

Ongoing Construction: The new Hickory Run Visitor Center and Office is under construction. Please be aware of large construction vehicles and equipment traveling through the park.  The work will take place adjacent to the family campground.  The campground will remain open throughout the construction period.  Please pardon our mess and noise while this work is being completed. Thank you for your patience.

Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.


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


Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.



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 approximately 6 miles.

From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 95 and drive west on PA 940 for 2.5 miles, then turn east on PA 534 for approximately 7 miles.

GPS DD: ​Lat. 41.024698  Long. - 75.687251


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. Witness and photograph the beautiful Hawk Falls.
  3. Experience the solitude of Stametz Dam along Shades of Death Trail.
  4. Throw a picnic! Play 18 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. Enjoy an ice cream after swimming in Sand Spring Lake.
  8. Interact with the exhibits at the visitor center and attend an education program. 
  9. Spend a weekend with the family in a rustic camping cottage.
  10. Visit a neighbor -- Lehigh Gorge State Park!

Learn, Experience, Connect

Diverse habitats and forest types, extensive wild areas, and unique geological formations make Hickory Run an excellent outdoor classroom. Year-round, 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 visitor center. 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 visitor center.

Nearest Hospital

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

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