Near White Haven in Carbon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hickory Run Boulder Field
Hickory Run State Park
has been designated a
National Natural Landmark
Erected 1967 by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the National Natural Landmarks marker series.
Location. 41° 3.027′ N, 75° 38.717′ W. Marker is near White Haven, Pennsylvania, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from Pennsylvania Route 534. Touch for map. This marker is at the site of the boulder field within, and at a remote section of Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County, Pa. Entrance to park is from route 534, SE of White Haven. Marker is in this post office area: White Haven PA 18661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harrison Amusement Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Easton and Wilkes-Barre Turnpike (approx. 4 miles away); Blakeslee United Methodist Church (approx. 4 miles away); The First Schoolhouse (approx. Jacob Blakeslee, Jr. (approx. 4½ miles away); The Great Swamp (approx. 5.1 miles away); White Haven (approx. 6.7 miles away); The Battle of Locust Ridge (approx. 7.3 miles away).
Regarding Hickory Run Boulder Field. Boulder Field Natural Area.
The Boulder Field is an unusual formation of glacial origin, striking due to its flatness and relatively large size. The field is approximately 400 by 1,800 feet and is at least 12 feet deep, making it the largest formation of its kind in the Appalachian Mountains. This feature was formed not from the debris of a retreating glacier, but as a result of glacier-related climatic extremes on rock outcrops. Over time, repeated freezing and thawing caused the splitting apart of these outcrops and the gradual movement of the resulting boulders downslope to their present location. The formation, as it appears today, has remained essentially unchanged for the past 20,000 years.
The Boulder Field is registered as a National Natural Landmark and has been set aside for protection as a State Park Natural Area under State Parks 2000.
To be designated a scenic wonder, an area must be deemed one of the best examples of its kind and have national significance. Geologists from across the world visit this site. It's the best example of a boulder field in this eastern United States and is exceptional because it is so large and flat.
Categories. • Natural Features •
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