Birding Locations in Carbon County
  Hickory Run State Park


Birding Locations in Carbon County

Bake Oven Knob

Beltzville State Park

Hickory Run State Park

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Lehigh Gorge State Park

Mauch Chunk Lake Park & Carbon County
Environmental Education Center

  Hawk Falls  
  Hawk Falls-
Hickory Run State Park


Location: The park is located south of I-80 and west of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476)

Owner & Contacts:
PA DCNR (approx. 15,500 acres)
RR 1, Box 81, White Haven, PA 18661-9712
570-443-0400 • Hickory Run web site

Directions, Access & Parking: From I-80, take Exit 274 at the Hickory Run State Park exit and drive east on Rt. 534 (right) for 6 miles. From the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476), Take Exit 95 and drive west on Rt. 940 for 3 miles then turn east (left) on Rt. 534 and go 6 miles to the park.

Site Description: Hickory Run State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s largest state parks. The habitat consists mainly of mature deciduous forest with a few mature coniferous forest areas. Swimming and fishing are allowed at Sand Spring Lake. The park contains a number of small streams. There are 43 miles of hiking trails, 16 miles of cross-country skiing trails, and 21 miles of snowmobile trails.


Through the Seasons:

Winter: Look for Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, woodpeckers and other winter forest birds.

Spring: The park is an excellent place to see migrating warblers, thrushes and forest birds such as Scarlet Tanager.

Summer: Many species of warblers nest at Hickory Run State Park.

Fall: Look for migrating warblers and other birds that like deep forest habitat.



  • Don’t miss the Boulder Field, a striking boulder strewn area that is a National Natural Landmark. The Boulder Field is a periglacial formation of boulders, formed by freezing and thawing. • Hunting is allowed in season. It is best not to bird the park at this time of year.
  • Hickory Run State Park has been designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Pennsylvania.
  • Visit the PA Game Commission website,, for dates of hunting seasons and blaze orange clothing requirements. Please follow State Game Land or hunting regulations posted in parking areas. There is no hunting on Sundays.

Brock, F. S. Fordyce, D. Kunkle, and T. Fenchel. 2009.
Eastern Pennsylvania Birding & Wildlife Guide.
Pennsylvania DCNR, Harrisburg, PA