Hawk Falls Trail

Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain251ft
Trailhead Elevation1,491ft
Top1,491ft
Elevation Min/Max1348/1491ft
Elevation Start/End1491/1491ft

Hawk Falls Trail

Hawk Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. It is within Hickory Run State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,491 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 251 feet. Hawk Falls Lot and another parking are near the trailhead.

Hawk Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This easy hike leads you through rhododendron patches that are so tall they form tunnels over the trail. From there you hike alongside a well-known trout stream, whose clear waters cascade from one rock ledge to the next and then widen into deep pools where anglers prefer to cast. When you reach Hawk Falls, there are a number of vantage points where you can view this unique, three-sided waterfall.

There are two misnomers on this hike. First, the waters of Mud Run are astonishingly clear. Second, you won’t see any hawks or other raptors diving for fish on Hawk Run or at Hawk Falls. The creek and the falls are named for the Hawk family that once owned the property on which the eponymous creek and falls are located."

"The highlight of this hike is the spectacular and unusual Hawk Falls. The falls occur when Hawk Run, which is 40 feet above Mud Run, empties into the lower creek at a three-sided canyon. The water cascades down the center of the canyon, ever widening, from one ledge to the next and empties into a deep pool of crystal-clear water.

The trail passes through a huge rhododendron tunnel to the magnificent Mud Run Natural Area in the bottom of Mud Run Gorge. It then turns downstream and runs alongside Mud Run, one of the top trout streams in the state. There are plenty of streamside boulders and smaller waterfalls along the way."

"This is a short but scenic waterfall walk to an impressive cascade in one of Pennsylvania’s more popular state parks—Hickory Run. Hikers will descend a deepening valley to find Hawk Run making its leap over exposed rock into a major plunge pool before the stream contributes its waters to Mud Run.

The plentiful exposed rock in and around the falls creates fine waterfall seating as well as areas to explore above, beside, and below Hawk Falls."

Hawk Falls Trail Reviews

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8/20/2018
Great day for hiking this trail, recent rain left it cool and muddy with abundant water flow over the waterfalls. Lots of families and photographers,a fun morning.
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Trail Information

Hickory Run State Park
Nearby City
Hickory Run State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Hiking
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Hickory Run State Park, 3613 Route 534, White Haven 18661; (570) 4430400; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks
Local Contacts
Hickory Run State Park; USGS Hickory Run
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018