Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park is an easy to get to waterfall off of Route 534 in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.
The GPS coordinates for the parking area are 41.01073, -75.63397.
Hiking to Hawk Falls
From the parking area, follow the trail which runs parallel to Hawk Run, crossing over the stream via a bridge just above the falls.
As you near the top of the falls you’ll see an offshoot trail to your right.
That offshoot trail takes you a dozen yards or so to the vantage point pictured below.
Getting Below Hawk Falls
To get the best views of Hawk Falls, you’ll want to hop back on the main trail and follow it downstream.
When the trail reaches Mud Run, bear right and follow the trail towards Hawk Run as it hooks back up in a “J” fashion, towards the base of the Hawk Falls.
Hawk Falls is in the neighborhood of 25 feet tall, especially if you count the lower tier in your calculation.
Hawk Run and Hawk Falls are named after the Hawk family that once farmed the land near the parking area.
The trail from Route 534 to the base of the falls is part of what was once a wagon trail.
The return hike is a simple matter of backtracking the half-mile from the base of the falls to your vehicle.
Other Waterfalls at Hickory Run State Park
There are two other man-made water features worth checking out at Hickory Run State Park, both located near the park office on Route 534.
The first of those water features is a small dam near the Chapel on Hickory Run.
The second water feature is the man-made spillway on Stametz Dam, along the Shades of Death Trail.
Despite the ominous-sounding name, the Shades of Death Trail is actually a very short and relatively easy hike that begins near the park office.
Man-made or not, the spillway on Stametz Dam is an impressive sight as you approach from downstream.
This 15 foot tall water feature is an extremely popular spot at Hickory Run State Park, so plan on having company if you visit on a weekend or during the summer months.
Tobyhanna Falls is nearby in the Poconos, in Monroe County.
Further east in the Delaware Water Gap, Raymondskill Falls is billed as the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania“.
Further north in Scranton, Nay Aug Falls is an easy to get to waterfall within a city park.
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