Exploring Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

Hawk Falls Pennsylvania Hickory Run State Park

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.

Map to Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
Map to Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

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.

Top view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
Top view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

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 in Carbon County Pennsylvania
Hawk Falls in Carbon County Pennsylvania

Hawk Falls is in the neighborhood of 25 feet tall, especially if you count the lower tier in your calculation.

Downstream view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
Downstream view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

Hawk Run and Hawk Falls are named after the Hawk family that once farmed the land near the parking area.

Springtime view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
Springtime view of Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park

The trail from Route 534 to the base of the falls is part of what was once a wagon trail.

Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania
Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania

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.

Hickory Run State Park Map
Hickory Run State Park Map

The first of those water features is a small dam near the Chapel on Hickory Run.

The Chapel at Hickory Run State Park
The Chapel at Hickory Run State Park

The second water feature is the man-made spillway on Stametz Dam, along the Shades of Death Trail.

Stametz Dam Spillway along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park
Stametz Dam Spillway along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park

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.

Shades of Death Trailhead at Hickory Run State Park
Shades of Death Trailhead at Hickory Run State Park

Man-made or not, the spillway on Stametz Dam is an impressive sight as you approach from downstream.

Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park
Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park

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.

Stametz Dam at Hickory Run State Park
Stametz Dam at Hickory Run State Park

Nearby Attractions

Tobyhanna Falls is nearby in the Poconos, in Monroe County.

Tobyhanna Falls in the PA Pocono Mountains

Further east in the Delaware Water Gap, Raymondskill Falls is billed as the “tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania“.

Raymondskill Falls in Pennsylvania
Upper and middle tiers of Raymondskill Falls in Pike County PA.

Further north in Scranton, Nay Aug Falls is an easy to get to waterfall within a city park.

Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County
Nay Aug Falls on Roaring Brook in Lackawanna County

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