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Hickory Run State Park

Poconos + Endless Mountains, Pennsylvania

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  • A dirt road leading to the Boulder Field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A trail leading to a lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • One of the many picturesque lakes around the park.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Ferns and flowers growing under the canopy of the forest.- Hickory Run State Park
  • The Boulder Field on a hot summer day.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A depression in the rocks at the Boulder Field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A family rests under a lone tree at the Boulder Field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker standing in the vast expanse of the Boulder Field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Picnic area at the edge of a field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A large, open field, perfect for sports.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A picnic table and grill at the edge of a field.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Concessions, restrooms, changing rooms, and shower services at the swimming lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Sand Spring Lake is perfect for swimming.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A volleyball net on the shores of Sand Spring Lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker tests out the water at Sand Spring Lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Water flowing out of a dam at Sand Spring Lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker skipping stones on the far shores of Sand Spring Lake.- Hickory Run State Park
  • Fishing off the Civilian Conservation Corps Dam.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A group of hikers rest on the Shades of Death Trail.- Hickory Run State Park
  • One of the trails in the park.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A trail leading to multiple waterfalls.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A stream flows next to one of the many trails.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A previous hiker's art project.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker taking in the sights of the Shades of Death Trail.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker walking along the ridge of the Stametz Dam.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A hiker using the wood bridges provided on the trails.- Hickory Run State Park
  • A view of Hawk Falls.- Hickory Run State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large park. Many activities.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
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Region:
Poconos + Endless Mountains, PA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Hickory Run is a 15,990-acre state park, located about 40 minutes outside of Scranton in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania. Some of its many highlights include Boulder Field, Hawk Falls, Sand Spring Lake, large picnic areas, open fields, fishing, and over 40 miles of trails.

The most famous section of the park, Boulder Field, is a geological wonder consisting of over 720,000 square feet of boulders stacked one on top of the other. The field stretches almost parallel with the horizon. Boulder Field was formed by the expanding and then thawing of ice within the upper ridges of bedrock. When the ice froze, it broke off the boulders. After melting, it deposited the boulders downstream and took the smaller sediment with it. Boulder Field can be reached either by taking the 6.2-mile Boulder Field Trail or by driving up a gravel road to a parking lot.

The 25-foot Hawk Falls is a 0.6-mile hike and can be accessed via trails or a parking lot located off Route 534. It's a nice short hike to the falls, and there are plenty of areas to relax.

If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, try hiking one of the many other trails the park has to offer, such as the aptly named Shades of Death Trail. In the winter months, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are available.

There's a large wooded picnic area that opens into a sprawling field located down the mountain from Boulder Field, perfect for sports or simply sunbathing.

A little further down from the field and picnic areas lies Sand Spring Lake. During the summer and spring seasons the lake is open for swimming daily and offers an unguarded, sandy beach. There are concessions and restrooms located at the top of the beach.

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