Pine Tree Trail Natural Area and Hicks Run Camping Area



On the Pine Tree Trail, Elk State Forest

My next stop was the Pine Tree Trail Natural Area in the Elk State Forest.  The natural area is adjacent to the Hicks Run Camping Area.

A short trail system explores the natural area.  The trail climbs along a steady, old grade.  At the top was a small pine forest, surrounded by larger hardwoods.  As far as natural areas go, it was nothing very special.  I did not see any white pine trees that were even close to old growth or mature.  But it does offer some nice hiking in the woods.  The colors were very nice on the hike down, and you could see across the deep mountain valley through the trees.

I was more impressed with the Hicks Run Camping Area.  There are about 15 sites under large pine and hemlocks with a small field.  It is a primitive campground, so there are no showers or water, but there are pit toilets.  The sites offer picnic tables and fire rings.  It is a beautiful camping area set deep in a mountain valley.  Hicks Run flows in the woods that border the camping area.  If you are looking for a secluded and serene place to spend the night, Hick Run is worth a visit.  It is ideally situated to serve as a base to explore the state forest.  Contact Elk State Forest for more information.

I continued down PA 555 to the primary goal of my quick trip through northcentral Pennsylvania: the impressive Fred Woods Trail.

More pictures.














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