Hickory Run Boulder Field

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18221

Hickory Run Boulder Field

Hickory Run Boulder Field Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Don’t visit the Poconos without doing this hike. First of all, any of the hikes in Hickory Run State Park are well worth doing simply because they take you through a pristine forest laced with clear mountain streams that make you wonder what life was like back when water from these streams ran the local mills.

Second, this hike follows a meadow path and abandoned forest roads through a pine forest to the Hickory Run Boulder Field, the only natural phenomenon of this type east of the Mississippi. Bring your children and your camera."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5-4 hours
Year-round; caution advised during hunting seasons
Hickory Run State Park, White Haven; (570) 443-0400; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/hickoryrun.aspx
Local Contacts
USGS: Blakeslee, Hickory Run
Local Maps