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About Hickory Run State Park

Are you daring enough to hike the Shades of Death Trail? This is just one of the hiking trails available to visitors at Hickory Run State Park. Not to worry though, the trail is not nearly as ominous as its name. Hickory Run was established as a state park in 1945 following a long and storied history of devastation and restoration. The first settlements in the area occurred following the American Revolution, when landowners began building mills on the local creeks. By the mid-1800s, the area was clearcut, then experienced several incidents of fire and flooding. In 1935 the area was purchased by the National Park Service (NPS) for use as a recreation area, and many of the roads, campgrounds and trails were developed. Ten years later, the NPS transferred the land to the state of Pennsylvania for use as a state park.

Just 30 miles south of Scranton, Hickory Run State Park is a 16,000-acre natural area in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The area features numerous trout streams, boulder fields, wetlands and restored forests. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, from birds to black bears. The park’s large campground features more than 300 tent, trailer and RV sites, as well as a few walk-in sites and camping cottages. Some campsites are ADA accessible. Park facilities include restrooms with showers, drinking water, two playgrounds, amphitheater, fishing pier, dog-walking area, and a camp store. There’s also recycling and dump stations. The Shades of Death and Beach trails are accessible right from the campground. Campsite rates range from $15–$40/night; cabins and cottages range from $38–$105/night.

There is no shortage of outdoor play to be enjoyed on your visit to Hickory Run. On warm days, cool off with a dip in Sand Spring Lake, or go wading below Hawk Falls; cast a line for brook and brown trout in Hickory Run or Mud Run; or test your precision at the park’s disc golf course. There are also several geocaches hidden in the park if you’re up for a little treasure hunting. If you’re packing hiking boots, you have 44 miles of trails to wander. Choose from short, family-friendly nature and wildlife-watching trails, to the more strenuous Boulder Field Trail, which traverses a 16.5-acre field of sandstone boulders that predate several of North America’s ice ages. In winter, many of the park’s trails are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

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No Alchohol
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Fires Allowed
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Hickory Run State Park is located in Pennsylvania
Latitude
41.026 N
Longitude
-75.696 W
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28 Reviews of Hickory Run State Park
Another Great PA State Park

The campground is a little bit crowded, and the bathrooms could be a bit nicer, but there's plenty to do in the park. Everyone says to go to the Boulder Field, and you should, because it's an interesting geological feature, it's beautiful, and it's just plain fun. But there's more to do in the park. The highlight of our weekend was Hawk Falls. It's a short hike, and the falls are beautiful. Even in late August, the water was COLD. You aren't allowed to swim there, but you're likely to see people jumping off the falls into the deep pools below - I cringed every time someone jumped. The swimming beach was much more inviting for taking a dip, and the restrooms/concession stand is modern.

Boulders!!!

Boulders everywhere! Big ones, small ones, run (carefully) across them all! Beyond the Boulder field is a vast, scary, unknown.

Boulders!!!

Boulders everywhere! Big ones, small ones, run (carefully) across them all! Beyond the Boulder field is a vast, scary, unknown.

A weekend trip to Daddy Allen camp at Hickory Run State Park

A splendid weekend with a group outing. Amenities were very good, and plenty to do.

PA Beauty and many camping options

Great place to picnic and spend some time on the sandy beach. We always have a blast going through the campgrounds on walks to see all the rigs and tents and Hickory Run has many different accommodations available from cabins to areas with only tents. They also have fun environmental programs that they run during the normal season that are very informative.

Quintessential Pennsylvania beauty

The Boulder Fields are one of the coolest places I've ever visited, partially because they were so unexpected. Don't twist an ankle, but you can play hide and seek to an extent as there are small depressions in the fields. Also lots of spiders :) The park has tons of hiking trails, some great views, loads of waterfalls, some swimming. All around a wonderful place to visit for the day or to camp for a few. Great any time of year (frozen waterfalls, fall leaves, wildflowers). Campground is lovely, nice and simple, not too crowded despite being big. Some sites are close to the water, most are not. There are some cabins too, including accessible ones. Follow the bear rules!

Boulders, Beach and Bears

After many, varied experiences camping at state parks, Hickory Run remains high on the list. My first camping experience as a single mom with a five year old was ten years ago at this park. We have been back as a family, brought friends, and boy scouts. The Boulder Field is a unique must to trek with many trails traipsing in and around the many acres. There is a beach for swimming, catching frogs and just enjoying the updated amenities. In September I am excited to run the ultra sponsored at this park with gnarled roots, rocky outcroppings and pine needled trials.

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Boulders, Beach and Bears

After many, varied experiences camping at state parks, Hickory Run remains high on the list. My first camping experience as a single mom with a five year old was ten years ago at this park. We have been back as a family, brought friends, and boy scouts. The Boulder Field is a unique must to trek with many trails traipsing in and around the many acres. There is a beach for swimming, catching frogs and just enjoying the updated amenities. In September I am excited to run the ultra sponsored at this park with gnarled roots, rocky outcroppings and pine needled trials.