Hickory Run State Park is a beautiful 15,990 acre park in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, which lies in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountain region. The park itself is a great destination for nature lovers and families, with lots of camping sites, swimming and other outdoor activities. Hickory Run’s trails are over 43 miles long all together, ranging from easy half-mile hikes to difficult 5-mile hikes. There are lots of great spots to take kids where the hiking is both scenic and fairly level to introduce them to the beauty of nature. Our family has a great time walking through the woods and discovering new things; even our 2-year-old can join in without too much strain. Some of the trails also take you to scenic waterfalls like the 0.7 mile moderate Hawk Falls Trail. But the biggest attraction at this park is Hickory Run’s Boulder Field.
Boulder field is a magnificent site; it’s literally a field of large and small boulders that you can hike across. The field itself is 720,000 square feet, and was formed about 20,000 years ago during the most recent glacial period. The melting glaciers carried the boulders down from the ridges and into the valley where this National Landmark now resides. Young and old alike enjoy this spot, and though it’s connected to Hickory Run’s Boulder Field Trail, just the field is a hike in itself as people navigate their way across from boulder to boulder.
The Hickory Run Boulder Field Trail is a difficult, 3.5 mile trail that’s quite scenic, but not recommended for kids or novice hikers. The trail is most beautiful in summer (June is ideal) when the local foliage is in full bloom, or in fall (October is best) when the forest is alive with color. When you come upon the boulder field, it seems to appear out of nowhere from the trees and the tops of the boulders are level with the trail, since the boulder field has sunk into the ground. If you just want to hike Hickory Run’s Boulder Field, you can drive to the field as well without having to hike the adjacent trail to get there.
The boulder field is great for all ages, though small children need to be supervised to avoid falls. Such a unique geological formation provides hours of entertainment and exploration, and it’s a must-see. The field is surrounded on all sides by trees, so it’s quite secluded, but don’t expect to hike it alone; this popular attraction sees lots of visitors each day, especially in peak seasons and on weekends. But the field is large, so everyone who comes gets to explore. No matter what your age or level of hiking experience, Hickory Run State Park’s Boulder Field is an attraction that can’t be missed.
For more information:
Hickory Run State Park
RR1 Box 81
White Haven, PA 18661