The hiking trails pass through beautiful forest, past rocky outcrops, and over streams. Some trails include staircases carved out of living rock. You can hike to scenic outlooks or to waterfalls. Our favorite, the Shades of Death Trail, leads to a natural river rock slide and swimming hole.
The hike that Tony and Vanessa embark upon is based on an eight mile hike my husband and cousins completed our first summer at Hickory Run. I was six months pregnant, so I turned around after the first two miles – which meant a two mile hike back to camp – but my hubby made it all the way to the top with our two year old strapped to his back.
The lake is ice cold but very refreshing. In the book, Vanessa is glad that the group votes to visit Boulder Field rather than the lake: after all, who wants to be in their bathing suit on the first date?
Boulder Field is a HUGE field of boulders that formed when a glacier pushed its way into town and then melted, leaving rocks piled so deep that no plants can grow there. Most of the rocks are stable and the bravest (or most foolhardy) can run across the rocks. I opt for more careful hopping and “walking” from one side to the other.
There are various levels of camping from RV hookups to hike-in sites a mile from any bathroom. We opt for the park-your-car-beside-you tent sites a short walk from the bathrooms complete with hot showers.