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The 15,990-acre Hickory Run SP is a Pennsylvania State Park in Carbon County, PA. Hickory Run State Park exists primarily in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The large park boats 44 miles of hiking trails, three natural areas, and the Boulder Field, a unique boulder-strewn area that is a National Natural Landmark. The park is a great place for hiking, ice skating or swimming in Sand Spring Lake, cross country skiing, and fishing in the trout streams. Biking is not allowed on any of the trails or in the park natural areas. There are also picnic areas and campsites available. 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. For the visitors center, call: (570)443-0400

snow
1 day ago

icy. wear crampons. micro spikes at very least. passed a dozen struggling people with bruises. please come prepared.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Right now, the trail is covered in ice. Microspikes are a must! I imagine it gets very slushy when the temperature rises. Overall a nice hike, not too difficult.

Mostly flat. Nice stroll through the woods. Few short river crossings, and unstable rocks and tree trunks. On the day we hiked, many patches of only ice, and 80% covered ice with snow. Also note that out of season the campgrounds are closed, and you will have to walk from the parking lot outside the campground to the trail head, which is about half a mile.

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Seems like it’s a nice walk when the weather is better, trail was very icy and difficult to navigate safely because of the ice.

nice easy trail

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Fantastic trail! Beautiful scenery, creek, and waterfalls—just moving from Colorado, this trail is very well marked on both trees and rocks (if you can’t find the marker, look down at your feet). With the recent snow, we got lucky that today was warmer (over 40 degrees), which melted some of the ice/made more slushy. The trail also was not packed down—would have been a much harder hike if trail was packed. Did not have spikes on my shoes, but wish I did—had a bit of a fall heading back on portion of hike that goes between the space of two large rocks. Also adds another element as the leaves are very wet under the snow/ice, so there is another layer to slip on. If you go out around the time of this post, bring poles/spikes if you have them.

hiking
21 days ago

This trail is well marked and not difficult at all... A few icy spots. but in general, it is definitely manageable! Great view once you reach the top. We even had lunch by the picnic table!

hiking
snow
23 days ago

The trail was literally all ice today but so beautiful. I would not attempt to do this without micro blade grips or something of the sort. The Falls were worth the trek down.

Great trail, just wish it was longer and less populated. I had a desire to bushwhack off trail to other areas.

we had an awesome time time hiking here, it was just rained the day before, so the water was really moving for the water fall.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice walk along the river with a damn waterfall halfway through. Some parts you have to step over roots/trees but for the most part it’s fairly flat. The end section is anticlimactic, you hit a road and then turn around, but the way there is very pleasant.

Nice falls. Quite heavily frequented even during wintery weather conditions. There is no loop next to the falls (except maybe if you feel like climbing on the rocks). It definitely is an in and out trail.

Extremely beautiful trail with peaceful views and running water sound. A must do if in the area!

hiking
3 months ago

The falls are beautiful and a must see if near the area, trail is easy enough to follow and this hike can be done in under 30 mins. Not so good, lots of college aged kids screaming, blocking the trail and drinking beer. Pretty sure this is a common occurrence as the falls smelled heavily like beer, its unfortunate people cant respect the environment.

hiking
3 months ago

Boulder field is a really interesting geological anonymity that I highly recommend you check out if you havent yet. Couple of reason for the lower rating though, 1. there is a gravel road that leads right up to boulder field, so its pretty guaranteed that the field will be packed on any given nice weather day, and that results in there being higher than usual trash and even some graffiti on the rocks. 2. Its really close to a highway so theres high traffic noise for most of the hike. Again I highly recommend you check it out but after doing it twice myself I doubt ill be returning.

hiking
3 months ago

Great!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail along the creek. We enjoyed the beautiful sight of the nature and pleasant sounds from the creek. Tree roots and rocks made it a bit challenging because we had to watch our steps quite often. At the end of the trail is the dam, picnic tables, and a nice playground.

on Hawk Falls Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Family friendly short and shaded trail. The first hiking experience for my 4 year old child. He was excited and was able to complete the whole trail without getting a piggyback.

We went with a group that all had different skill levels. The rocks and tree roots made it more difficult for a person with a mild ankle injury but we went slow. Toward the end, there was a fresh downed tree so we didn't complete the last .2 miles. Beautiful, fun trail. There were several groups of people but it never felt crowded. Like another reviewer wrote, it feels like being in another country.

Nice easy hike. 2 waterfalls about a quarter mile opposite each other from the parking area. Walk along the Lehigh Gorge River for a very.leisurely walk. Grandkids loved playing at the bottom of Buttermilk Falls. Gets busy on weekends with bikers coming down from White Haven during the summer. We go about once a month even during the winter and see something different evrrytime.

Beautiful waterfalls and easy hiking. Would be nice to see the rhododendron in bloom or the leaves changing. Will plan accordingly next time.

hiking
3 months ago

Heavily used small trail. Popular with families. More of an out and back then a loop. Scenic, though crowed waterfall. Small climb by bottom of waterfall.

Very cool topography at the boulder field.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail along the stream. Loved the name.

on Shades of Death Trail

hiking
4 months 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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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!

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