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Hickory Run State Park

Boulders stretch to the horizon at Boulder Field at Hickory Run.

The 15,500-acre Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and miles of trout streams. The Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strewn area, is a National Natural Landmark.


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Park Advisories

3/8/2007 1:49:00 PM
Firewood Advisory: Invasive Beetles found in Firewood Threaten Forests! Before bringing firewood to a Pennsylvania State Park, please read the information in the linked page about a very real threat to forests in Pennsylvania and all of North America. Firewood Advisory
1/9/2007 1:40:00 PM
A major rehabilitation project to the Sand Spring Day Use Area is planned to begin after July 1, 2007. The project is planned to add a new, modern comfort station, a new food concession building, a new lifeguard station and improved access and parking for the beach and picnic areas. It is unclear how the project will affect the operation of the beach and swimming area at this time. In anticipation of an interrupted and/or shortened season, the beach swimming area will be operated under the Open Swim Guidelines for the 2007 season, meaning that no lifeguards will be on duty. The project is set to be bid in the late winter or early spring of 2007 and has an anticipated completion date of the Fall 2008. Once the project begins, visitors can visit this website for updated information on facility and swimming availibility, or call the park office at 570-443-0400.


Hickory Run State Park is in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

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. 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.


To reserve a campsite, organized group tenting area or a picnic pavilion, call 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Campsites can be reserved from 11 months up to noon of the day of arrival. Organized group tenting areas and picnic pavilions can be reserved from 11 months to two days in advance.

Recreational Opportunities

Trails  - Picnicking  - Swimming  - Fishing  - Hunting  - Disc Golf  - Wildlife Watching  - Cross-country Skiing  - Snowmobiling  - Ice Skating  - Organized Group Cabin Camps  - Organized Group Tenting  - Camping

Picnicking: The large picnic area is near Sand Spring Lake which has a swimming beach. There are over 400 picnic tables, rustic restrooms, playground equipment, drinking water and garbage containers. A picnic pavilion may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved it is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

People enjoy the sand beach at Hickory Run.

Swimming: A sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming when lifeguards are off-duty. A snackbar has sandwiches, drinks, ice cream and snacks.

ADA Accessible

Hunting and Firearms: Most of the park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are white-tailed deer, turkey, black bear and gray squirrel. The adjoining State Game Lands 40, 129 and 141 have additional areas open to hunting.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. The park is used by other visitors during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or camp.

For complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.

Fishing: Anglers find excellent sport in many of the streams and lakes within the park boundaries, especially Fourth Run and Sand Spring Run. These streams are stocked with brook and brown trout. Mud Run is a delayed harvest, artificial lure only stream. The lower 2.9 miles of Hickory Run, from near the Saylorsville Dam to the Lehigh River, is a catch and release fishing only area.

The Lehigh River, which flows along the western boundary of the park, has warm-water game fish, trout and panfish. Francis E. Walter Dam, about 20 minutes from the park, provides boating and angling for trout and warm-water game fish. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

For complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

Disc Golf: There is a course in the day use area.

Stay the Night

Camping: modern sites, some with electric
The large tent and trailer camping area has modern restrooms with hot showers, a sanitary dump station, a forested section and a grassy, more open section. A camp store has general camping supplies, ice, firewood and food.

The modern area is open from the second Friday in April until the third Sunday in October. Rustic camping continues until late December. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Explore the campground map.

Explore camping for more information.

Pets are allowed in designated campsites. Explore pets in campgrounds for more information.

Free Camping for Campground Hosts: two host positions
The campground host site amenities include 50-amp electric service and an allowance of one pet site. Hosts are required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week, which includes weekends. A three-week minimum stay is required. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.

Organized Group Tenting: Nonprofit adult and youth groups can rent one or more of the 14 group sites. This rustic area is open year-round and has picnic tables, fire rings, non-flush toilets and hand water pumps.

Explore organized group tenting for more information.

Young people sit on their bikes in a field, behind which is a cabin at Hickory Run.

Organized Group Cabin Camps: Camp Daddy Allen holds 124 people and Camp Shehaqua holds 149 people. The camps are open from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October. Located in a wooded setting with adjacent play fields, the camps share a swimming pool that is open from about June 1 to Labor Day. Groups must supply their own certified lifeguards. Camp Daddy Allen has paved walkways and railings but does not meet the new ADA accessibility standards.

Explore organized group cabin camps for more information.


43 miles of trails

Every trail in the park can be hiked. Hiking-only trails have yellow blazes. Blue-blazed trails allow cross-country skiing and orange-blazed trails allow snowmobiling.

The trails lead through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. This is especially true from mid-June until mid-July when the mountain laurel and rhododendron are in bloom and again in mid-October at the height of the fall foliage.

Be aware of hunting seasons and hunting areas within the park and wear bright clothing in hunting seasons.

Wear proper attire and footwear when hiking.

Mountain biking is prohibited on all trails at Hickory Run State Park, but is permitted at nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Letter Trail Length Difficulty Activities

Beach Trail

0.5-mile easy  
B Bear Trail 1-mile easy  
C Blue Trail 1-mile easy cross-ski
D Boulder Field Trail 3.5 miles difficult  
E Deer Trail 0.6-mile easy  
F Fireline Trail 2.3-mile difficult cross-ski
G Fourth Run Trail 5 miles difficult snowmobile
H Gamewire Trail 3.3 miles moderate snowmobile
I Gould Trail 1.5-mile moderate cross-ski
J Hawk Falls Trail 0.7-mile moderate  
K Hickory Run Trail 1.5-mile easy cross-ski
L Lake Trail 0.6-mile easy snowmobile
M Leonardsville Trail 0.3-mile easy  
N Manor House Trail 2.3 miles moderate snowmobile
O Orchard Trail 1.6-mile easy  
P Nature Loop Trail 0.5-mile easy cross-ski
Q Pine Hill Trail 3.8 miles moderate cross-ski
R Sand Spring Trail 2.5 miles easy  
S Shades of Death Trail 1.5-mile difficult  
T Ridge Trail 1.5-mile difficult  
U Skyline Trail 3.4 miles moderate  
V Stage Trail 4.5 miles moderate  
W Stone Trail 1-mile easy snowmobile

Winter Activities

Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.

Cross-country Skiing: The 13 miles of designated trail are marked with blue blazes.

Ice Skating: When conditions permit, Sand Spring Lake is available for ice skating. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.

Snowmobiling: The 21 miles of designated trails are marked with orange blazes.

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Children use nets to catch frogs at Hickory Run.

Diverse habitats and forest types, extensive wild areas and unique geological formations make Hickory Run an excellent outdoor classroom. From March to November, the environmental education specialist conducts hand-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. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.

Explore environmental education and interpretation for more information.

Access for People with Disabilities

ADA Accessible

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks:
888-PA-PARKS (voice)
888-537-7294 (TTY)
711 (AT&T Relay Services)

Nearby Attractions

For information on nearby attractions, contact the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau,.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Mountain Region has a reputation as the ultimate getaway, and for good reason. For skiers and snowboarders, it's a haven of white powder and groomed trails. For outdoor enthusiasts, it's a wonderland of state parks and mountain trails. And for NASCAR fans, it's the breathless exhilaration of the Pocono Raceway. Plus, there are countless unique bed and breakfasts and luxurious resorts for a romantic retreat or simply to catch up on a little rest and relaxation. But that's not all. The heritage of Pennsylvania is notable in this area, with numerous and varied museums and tours. These are merely the things that the area is most known for, but, as you'll soon see, the list goes on and on. Go to Northeast Pennsylvania Mountain Region

Lehigh Gorge State Park

Lehigh Gorge State Park: Lehigh Gorge State Park contains 4,548 acres of land and about 30 miles of the Lehigh River. Recreational opportunities include: hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and whitewater boating. About 26 miles of abandoned railroad grade follow the river and are available to hiking and biking and provide access for hunting and fishing. Whitewater boating is a major attraction of the park. This section of the Lehigh River is Class III whitewater and is popular for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Specific boating regulations apply. Inexperienced boaters should not attempt the Lehigh River without qualified guides. Outfitted trips are available from concessionaires who provide transportation to and from the river, rafts, guides, and all safety equipment. For more information, including a Lehigh Gorge State Park map, contact the Hickory Run State Park office at 570-443-0400.

Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Lehigh Gorge and Hickory Run state parks are 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 & 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.

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 looks at the valley's natural and historical landscapes. Brochures and cassette tapes are available at several locations along the 53-mile route. Signs mark the route and identify tour stops. The tour begins at Jim Thorpe at the Old Mauch Chunk Landing or at White Haven at the Lehigh Canal Depot. The tour is located in the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. For more information, visit the Audubon's Lehigh Web site.

In an Emergency

Contact a park employee or dial 911.
For directions to the nearest hospital, look on bulletin boards or at the park office.

Nearest Hospital:
Hazleton General Hospital
700 E. Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201

For More Information Contact

Hickory Run State Park
RR 1 Box 81
White Haven, PA 18661-9712
Manager: Dave Madl

An equal opportunity employer

For general state park information or to reserve a campsite, cabin, picnic pavilion or an organized group tenting area, call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, Mon. to Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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