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A big and beautiful park in the foothills of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, Hickory Run State Park is teeming with opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. Located around 30 miles south of Scranton, the park boasts excellent hiking trails, numerous streams for trout fishing, a tranquil lake, and even a National Natural Landmark. Best of all, it has a large and spacious campground where campers can immerse themselves in their beautiful surrounds.
The first step to planning an RV camping getaway in Hickory Run State Park is to search for an RV in Carbon County. Once you've found and booked the perfect camper, it's time to start putting together the perfect itinerary for your visit.
Covering some 15,990 acres of territory in the Pocono Mountains, Hickory Run State Park isn't the sort of place you can do in just a few hours — you'll need to spend at least a few days here if you want to experience the best the park has to offer.
Perhaps the main feature that draws outdoor enthusiasts to Hickory Run State Park is its wonderful network of hiking trails. There are more than 44 miles of trails to tackle, with something to suit all fitness levels.
The first trail many RV campers will tackle is Beach Trail, which leads you on a half-mile trek from the campground to Sand Spring Lake. If you're looking for something a little more physically challenging, the 4.8-mile Fourth Run Trail leads you through several different habitats and landscapes, not to mention past some excellent trout fishing spots.
Sand Spring Lake is one of the main hubs of activity within the park. The lake features a lovely sandy beach, which is open from late May until mid-September and is a popular spot for visitors looking to cool off. There's also a snack bar nearby if you'd like to wash your swim down with an ice-cream.
The other must-visit attraction in Hickory Run State Park is Boulder Field. Covering a flat patch of terrain measuring 400 x 1,800 feet, this remarkable area is covered with large boulders, some of which measure 26 feet long. It was created around 15,000 years ago when the Earth's climate began to warm, and it's been drawing photographers, geologists, and nature enthusiasts to Hickory Run State Park for decades.
If you'd like to camp in an RV at Hickory Run State Park, there are more than 340 sites to choose from in the park's campground. These include:
Please note that the maximum permitted RV length varies depending on the campsite you select. While some non-electric sites are back-in only and have a maximum vehicle length of 15 feet, there are also larger sites that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long.
If you want to stay when all of the campground's modern facilities and creature comforts are available, make sure you visit in the period from mid- April until the third Sunday in October. Outside of this time, the dump station and all other facilities that use running water (including the restrooms with their hot showers) close for the season. Rustic camping only is available from the October closing date until mid-December.
There's a camp store available where you can stock up on firewood, ice, and essential camping supplies, while leashed pets are welcome on designated sites only.
With almost 16,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore, Hickory Run State Park has plenty to keep RV campers busy for the duration of their stay. And when you're ready to pack up and hit the road again, you won't need to cover too many miles before you come to another destination where it's worth stopping and staying a while.
If you're keen to keep exploring the Pennsylvania State Parks System, the excellent hiking and beautiful waterfalls of Lehigh Gorge State Park are just a short drive to the southwest. If culture and history are more your cup of tea, you might want to steer your rental RV south towards Allentown to check out the America on Wheels Museum or the Allentown Art Museum. And if you want to gaze at the Liberty Bell and maybe try a famous cheesesteak, you can be in Philadelphia in around an hour-and-a-half.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors or enjoy the excitement of a big city, once you rent a camper near Hickory Run State Park, the adventures that lie in wait are entirely up to you.