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    Karin Price completed Hickory Run Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Karin Price reviewed Sand Spring Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is a fairly easy trail that mostly parallels Hickory Run creek. However, there are areas where the path is rocky and/or muddy, sections that have a foot bridge crossing one of the runoff streams that feed into Hickory Run and one feeder stream that has no bridge and must be crossed by walking across the large rocks that have been placed across the water. These things are probably what gives the trail it's moderately difficult rating on the park map.

    The trail leads through woods and, sometimes quite dense, rhododendron. I can imagine that it's quite pretty in early July when the rhodies are in bloom. Most recently I was on this trail on a warm day at the end of April. The trees were starting to leaf out and there were many violets along the path. There were some bugs though I image it can get much worse. However, be on the lookout for tics!

    This is a nice trail though not my favorite in the park. If you're looking for a walk in the woods on a fairly easy and level trail with no boulders or climbing involved, this is a good option. If you're looking for a little more excitement of something with more to see try the Shades of Death Trail or the Hawk Falls trail down to the waterfall.

    Karin Price completed Sand Spring Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Karin Price updated Hickory Run Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Karin Price completed Hawk Falls Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Karin Price reviewed Shades of Death Trail- Hickory Run SP

    almost 3 years ago

    Of the trails I've been on so far in Hickory Run Park this is my favorite. Park at the park headquarters and pick up a map. The trailhead can be found at the parking area to the left of the park building (when looking at it). A little over 2 miles out and back, the trail runs along Sand Spring Run which is very scenic. You will pass by the remains of 3 dams. Stametz Dam is very picturesque and a great spot for pictures. The trail has a slight elevation, hardly noticable for the most part. It can be quite rocky in areas and/or criss-crossed with tree roots so I would recommend proper foot gear. This is probaby why the park map rates it as Difficult. While I wouldn't recommend it for those without steady footing, I think it's ok for most kids.

    Karin Price saved Shades of Death Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Karin Price completed Shades of Death Trail

    almost 3 years ago