Hickory Run State Park and Boulder Field

#8 in Best Things To Do in The Poconos
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Key Info

3613 PA-534

Price & Hours

Free
Sunset to sunrise daily

Details

Natural Wonders, Free, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Hickory Run State Park covers more than 15,000 acres and is crisscrossed by more than 40 miles of hiking trails. Still, the park's primary attractions are the Boulder Field and its roughly 6-mile Boulder Field Trail. The field is an 18-acre collection of rocks, which range in size from less than 18 inches to more than 25 feet in length, and scientists suggest the perplexing site is the result of a long-melted glacier. In addition to hiking, Hickory Run State Park welcomes fishers, campers, bird-watchers, swimmers and even disk golfers.

Past travelers particularly enjoyed climbing out on the rocks of Boulder Field, saying that the natural wonder is interesting for visitors of all ages. You'll want to watch your step, though, as the boulder field provides ample opportunity for twisted ankles. Hawks Falls serves as the park's second most popular attraction, and recent travelers said that the large waterfall is worth the short hike along Hawks Falls Trail.

Hickory Run State Park is easily accessible by car from most places in the Poconos, and there is a separate parking lot specifically for the Boulder Field Trail. The park sits between the Pennsylvania towns of White Haven and Jim Thorpe. Day use areas of Hickory Run State Park are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Access to the park is free, while campsites cost $19 per night. Additional information on the state park is available on its website.

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