Hickory Run Boulder Field

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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This hike is designed to give hikers a chance to explore the Hickory Run Boulder Field Natural Area—a 16-acre, 12-foot-deep phenomenon created during the last ice age.The Boulder Field—the only geological formation of this type in the East—has been studied by scientists for more than one hundred years; the core of their studies is displayed on bulletin boards in the on-site educational area. At 15,500 acres, Hickory Run State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s largest state parks. It’s also one of the most picturesque. Its forests are a mixture of second-growth white pine and hemlock, mixed oaks, and northern hardwoods. Sand Spring Lake, the largest of the four dams impoundments, has a swimming beach. Two clear mountain streams, Sand Spring Run and Hickory Run, intersect in the center of the park, at the site where a booming nineteenth-century logging mill and village once stood.
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by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This hike is designed to give hikers a chance to explore the Hickory Run Boulder Field Natural Area—a 16-acre, 12-foot-deep phenomenon created during the last ice age.The Boulder Field—the only geological formation of this type in the East—has been studied by scientists for more than one hundred years; the core of their studies is displayed on bulletin boards in the on-site educational area.

At 15,500 acres, Hickory Run State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s largest state parks. It’s also one of the most picturesque. Its forests are a mixture of second-growth white
pine and hemlock, mixed oaks, and northern hardwoods. Sand Spring Lake, the largest of the four dams impoundments, has a swimming beach. Two clear mountain streams, Sand Spring Run and Hickory Run, intersect in the center of the park, at the site where a booming nineteenth-century logging mill and village once stood.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilkes-Barre
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hickory Run State Park, RR 1 Box 81, White Haven 18661; (570) 443- 0400; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/hickoryrun/
Local Maps: USGS Blakeslee, PA; Hickory Run, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Hickory Run Boulder Field

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