Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Hickory Run State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Shades of Death Trail

hiking
9 days ago

A simple walk through nature. ♥️ time to think. ;)

Fun walk along the creek. Some areas are difficult due to fallen trees, rocks, and water. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes.

on Sand Spring Trail

13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful walk through rhododendrons It’s like a different world inside those tunnels

Super muddy and lots of standing water on Saturday afternoon! Not crowded, really easy (but long) walk, beautiful landscape and greenery.

Nice short trail. Well shaded. Virtually my own private haven. I literally saw 2 other people on the trail (which is precisely the reason why I went the week AFTER Labor Day)

This trail is lovely, well marked, crossing over streams and through rhododendron groves that create magical little tunnels and hideaways. I hiked this on a cool late September day and enjoyed soaking my feet in the stream, would love to do it again in the summer to fully enjoy the cold water. At the end of the trail you meet the train tracks above the Lehigh River, and can turn around and hike back the way you came. I chose to take the Pine Hill trail to the Blue trail as an alternate route back... I do not recommend this unless you are up for an adventure. It was a continuous steep uphill march for the first 2 miles, on a trail that was little more than a deer path through grasses and ferns and so poorly marked that I lost it several times when the terrain became rocky and more forested. The downhill turn onto the Blue trail seemed like a relief, until it became apparent that a natural spring surfaced in the middle of the trail, turning it into 6 inches of muddy running water with thick brambles to either side, making finding a drier route impossible. In total my loop was 7.2 miles, 735 ft elevation change. I enjoyed it, but if you aren't looking for a bit of an uncomfortable journey, make your trip and out and back on the Sand Spring trail instead!

hiking
25 days ago

It was pretty easy, but by the end very beautiful, will be in my list of favorite trails

It was a great hike along the river with several waterfalls. Loved it!

hiking
29 days ago

Did this trail with a 5 year old. He hiked most of it and backpacked a bit. Without him, this trail definitely would be easy. That being said we clocked 7.3 miles, not 6. Just be aware that number is low. Also, from all the rain, a lot of the trail was marsh and even some active creek.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is great for families to hike together and practice safety since is easy but it has some challenges. You can get prepared together so you'll ready when taking those moderate and hard trails out there. Hooyah!!!

hiking
1 month ago

short and simple. cool trail through low trees.

Great short hike. Rhododendrons are lovely and the falls, while not huge, are very attractive. Fun bouldering opportunities for kids.

on Orchard Trail

1 month ago

The trail is tougher then it sounded, then again I’m only 6 months out of ACL reconstruction. The first mile is the Hawk Falls trail, that was fantastic. Once you leave and enter to the Orchard trail there’s not a lot to see and all you hear is the PA Turnpike’s Northeast Extension.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shaded trail. Very crowded on Sunday of Labor Day weekend to the point I didn’t enjoy - but drove by the trail head on my way out and it was very quiet. So I would imagine it being perfect with light to even moderate traffic. The trail is a little slippery but manageable. The waterfall is a great reward for such a short hike and with the littles ones it was a perfect break spot before returning.

Was pretty. Loved the water sounds. Gotta watch the roots when walking.

Excellent out and back trail run. Just enough elevation change and water to keep it interesting.

Pretty relaxing hike, beautiful river running next to the trail.

Beautiful, quaint trail with spectacular structures, fungi, waterfalls, and greenery- 20+ varieties of mushrooms, very uncommon foliage, and old stonework paths.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and easy hike. Great for family. One waterfall about 3/4 through the hike on your right. Pretty rhododendrons line the trail.

The family really enjoyed this trail. I’d rate it East/moderate because the roots and rocks and if it’s wet it can be very slippery. Every turn has a new gem to discover. There is a large waterfall and a few smaller little ones. Loved the in-between rock wall, steps. Nice rhododendrons line the path. Just watch your step on the roots. Portable Johns are available at the head of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike when u get to the top there is a off trail take it down to another view point just be careful

Beautiful trail with lots of cool spots for photos. Very challenging too especially after a rain the night before. Tou have to watch your every step. The waterfalls was indeed a treat.

I loved this trail!! So fun and exciting, lots of little obstacles to climb over, my dog loved it! I would however consider this a moderately difficult trail, can be slippery in some spots, especially near the waterfall parts

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail. I agree with Lexi below, we went with our two dogs and there must have been 100 people standing around in the falls. we couldn't even get close. Will try to go back off season.

The trail that my bf and I hiked was very scenic and decent for hiking. What I didn't like was that it wasn't a separate trail. On the map, it showed all trails connect to other trails. It would be easier to follow if it remained its own trail.

Since each trail has it's own parking area, it would be hard to go on other trails. The hike back to my car would have been exhausting if I chose to switch trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Should be marked as moderate/difficult. In some spots it was challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty nice trail. Kept pretty well. Blazes could be marked a little bit better though. Boulder Field was well worth the hike though.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Trail with plenty of water and sights. Pretty busy and the trails are pretty tight.

on Hawk Falls Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is a busy park, so all of the attractions are usually populated, but it is still a very cool place to take the family. Check out my full write up with directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hickoryrun/

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail. The trail was muddy after rainfall the day before. We were able to dip our feet in the water by the falls. It was crowded (we went at 11am on an August Sunday) and there was some empty bottles but overall a beautiful and relaxing hike. Definitely will do it again but earlier in the day to avoid the crowd.

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