Hickory Run State Park is located in the Pocono Mountains right off I-476 near White Haven, Pennsylvania. The park covers almost 16,000 acres and was listed as one of Pennsylvania’s must-see parks by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Hickory Run is a great place for a weekend camping trip or day hikes on its 44 miles of trails. One of the biggest attractions of the park is a 16.5 acre field filled with small sandstone and conglomerate boulders.
What Makes It Great
Hickory Run State Park is one of the closest and largest state parks to Philadelphia. Hickory Run offers recreational opportunities year round. Camping is available from spring to fall, and hiking and sightseeing is great all year round. Summer visitors should check out the swimming at Sand Spring Lake. During the winter, visitors can cross country ski, ice skate, and ride snowmobiles. The trails at Hickory Run are mark with yellow blazes for hiking, blue blazes for hiking and cross country skiing, and orange blazes for hiking and snowmobiling.
Two of the most popular trails are Hawk Falls Trail and Boulder Field Trail. These two trails have parking lots on PA 534, east of the Campground, just after I-476 overpass. The Boulder Field Trail will take you through 3.5 miles of woods to reach a huge boulder field that is great for photos and rock hopping. Across the road, Hawk Falls Trail is a short 0.6 mile trail that brings you to a view of Hawk Falls, a 25 foot waterfall.
Many other trails are located closer to the camping area and park office. Look at the park map on PA DCNR’s website for more information.
Who is Going to Love It
Hickory Run State Park is a great place to visit for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Camping options range from rustic tent camping to deluxe cottages. Hiking trails in the park range from steep rocky trails to wide flat paths. Hunting and Fishing is also available in the park. Hunting is permitted in Hickory Run and surrounding State Game Lands during hunting season. Fishing is available in many of the park’s lakes and streams. Mountain biking is not permitted on in the park, but is allowed in other nearby parks like Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to Hickory Run State Park from Philadelphia, take 76 West to 476 North. Follow 476 North for 75 miles and take exit 95 onto 80 West. Drive on 80 West for 2.6 miles and take exit 274 to PA-534 toward Hickory Run State Park. Follow 534 for about 5 miles to reach the park office and campground on your right.
Camping at Hickory Run is available from the middle of April to the middle of October for sites with modern facilities. Campsites without running water are available to the middle of December. There are designated campsites for those with pets.