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Boulder Field in Hickory Run State Park

Boulder Field can be found in Hickory Run State Park and can be reached via car or the 3.5-mile long Boulder Field Trail from the parking area on SR 534.

The field is 16.5 acres in size and is made up of boulders of all sizes. A stream runs underneath the rocks and often can be heard when standing on the rocks, especially after it has rained recently. The boulders extend off a path leading from the parking lot nearby, the tops of the rocks are almost level with the ground, the soil below them being compressed about 12 feet from the weight of the stones.

Creating a field of boulders:

20,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age a massive mile thick glacier covered a large part of North America, including Pennsylvania. The ice caused temperatures in the region to plummet to below freezing for most of the year and the ground was frozen year round.

As the glacier moved south it unearthed rocks embedded in the soil. These rocks became attached to the ice and were pushed along its course. The rocks are made up of sandstone and conglomerates.

When the glacier receded billions of gallons of water from the melting ice formed the large valleys you can see today. The large amounts of water also carried the rocks from the surrounding hills and those attached to the glacier into the valley, thus forming Boulder Field.

Today, you can still see the rocks, some of which are pebble size and some that weigh as much as a small car. Boulder Field’s size alone is stunning but it’s story is equally as interesting.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to read about the field at the informational boards that are available as you approach the field. Many visitors also enjoy walking the field, jumping from rock to rock.

Boulder Field was designated a National Landmark in 1967. Please help preserve this natural wonder!

Important Note:

Please be careful on the rocks! Many rocks are unstable and will shift under your weight. Rocks can collapse under you if you step on them the wrong way and the uneven surface can cause you to fall, possibly resulting in injury.

Also, snakes often sun themselves on the rocks and spiders can be found in the crevices between the rocks. Do not harass these animals as they could be poisonous.

Medical facilities are not at hand if you should be injured, seek the attention of a Park Ranger immediately if you are hurt.

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Ricketts Glen State Park

This week we are featuring Ricketts Glen State Park. A beautiful place among the mountains of Luzerne, Columbia and Sullivan counties, Ricketts Glen has many miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very difficult.

We recently took a trip to the park to hike the Falls Trail. Being one of the most difficult trails in the area it can be a real challenge even for avid hikers. The trail is not to be underestimated but is definitely a must see.

Many of the trees in this magnificent park are over 500 years old, ring counts on fallen trees show ages of around 900 years old. The Falls Trail spans over 7 miles and loops past both parts of Kitchen Creek and takes you up close to 21 named waterfalls ranging in height from 11ft to 94ft. Kitchen Creek spills over many smaller waterfalls that are not named and the lush forest provides a beautiful setting.

Ozone Falls, seen here is spectacular, one of our favorites.

Ozone Falls

Ganoga Falls is the tallest in the park and one of the tallest we have ever seen in person.

Ganoga Falls

One of the first falls we came to, Onondaga really impresses.

Onondaga Falls

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PPL Riverlands Recreation Area

Something new from PAontheGo.com is our weekly blog. We want to start highlighting things to do in the area and this is a great way to do it!

This week we are featuring the PPL Riverlands Recreation Area on US Route 11 near Berwick. The 400-acre recreation area is located on the western side of the Susquehanna River and also has a nature preserve where visitors can learn all about the plant and animal life of the Susquehanna River Valley.  Visitors are welcome daily and the park is open until dusk.

The PPL Riverlands trail will get you up close to many species of plants and animals. Their guided programs are educational and fun, allowing guests to see first hand what they are learning about. Visitors can also dig in with hands-on activities designed for guests of all ages.

This natural recreation area is a great way to spend an afternoon and get out as the weather warms up.

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Have a great week!