Hickory Run Forest Land and Homeowners Association is a private residential community located in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. We are located north of the historic town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

As a private community there are specific rules and regulations on building, control of pets, operation of ATVs and other things that affect the quality of life for the association. Use of fireworks and discharge of firearms is strictly prohibited within the community. Please see Rules and Regulations under the "More" tab for a complete listing.

Yearly dues are payable starting in January and are handled by our management company, NEPA Management, Inc. located at 7164 Rt. 209, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Their phone number is 570-421-5409, ex 329. Bills can also be paid on-line.


2020 Annual Meeting Notice

Based on the current restrictions because of the Covid 19 virus, it is expected that we will need to reschedule the July Annual meeting.  Please stay posted for updates as the state reduces restrictions.  



A few reminders.....

The restriction that restricts short term rentals is still in place by Governor Wolf.  Also, riding ATV's on the Bethlehem Watershed Property is prohibited and could result in fines and possible confiscation of the ATV. 


April Board Of Directors Meeting

Please note that the HRF Board of Directors meeting scheduled on April 19, 2020 will not be held at the clubhouse.  If you have any concerns or questions for the board, please contact us via email ([email protected]) or phone (570.218.9790) and we will get back to you.



New Guidance for HRF residents who rent their property

 Please read this extract from the FAQ document on Life Sustaining Business (posted 3/31/2020)

May I offer my residential property for short term rental?

Short term rentals of any unit, group of units, dwelling, building, or group of buildings within a single complex of buildings which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests, or which is rented to guests more than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less, or rented through a home-share website are not authorized. This prohibition does not apply to the following:

o Hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; or

o Rental stays where guests are currently staying in a vacation rental or have previously booked a stay and are scheduled to check-in no later than April 1, 2020; or

o Rentals to persons performing military, emergency, governmental, health or infrastructure response, or travelers engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.


Due to the current national health concerns, the HRF clubhouse is closed until further notice.  

The HRF Board of Directors will revisit this decision at later date and update as appropriate.


There has been a change this year to the clubhouse use.  A new fee of $100 has been imposed for 2020.  As always, there is also a refundable $100 deposit check that will be returned after the clubhouse is used.  



Please note that we have updated the phone number and email address for HRF HOA.  

A number of updates to documentation, signs, etc. will be ongoing.  

The new email is : [email protected]

The new voice and text number is : 570-218-9790



*If you would like to reserve the clubhouse, please contact Director Eugene Melvin at 570-732-4018 or e-mail him at [email protected]


*If you see trash or debris, but cannot move it yourself, please notify the association via an e-mail ([email protected]).  You can also leave a message or text at 570-218-9790Thanks!


*We are having issues with bears in the community.

Some tips on how to keep the bears away.

· Don’t place your garbage outside unsecured

· Do not leave pet food, bird seed, and/or garbage outside.

· Do not leave food outside for any wildlife.

· Clean your barbeque grill after use and never dump the grease outside.

Eliminating the feeding source will help detract bears! Black bears will consume almost anything.

Please visit www.portal.state.pa.us for more information on the Pennsylvania Black Bear.

Pa. Game Warden


Your help to clean up after the bears is appreciated!

Special Notice: 

Communities in Carbon County PA learned in 2016, that a major wind energy corporation has leased property from the Bethlehem Authority. The industrial wind corporation submitted a proposal to the Penn Forest Township Zoning Board to construct a wind turbine project comprising approximately 37 industrial wind turbines up to 525 ft high, with over a 300 ft spin range, along several ridges in Penn Forest Township. This forest is an important watershed since it provides drinking water for the city of Bethlehem.  It is also adjacent to several communities, including Towamensing Trails, Hickory Run Forest, and Beltzville Lake Estates. Hundreds of acres of forest will be cleared for this project, destroying the habitat for the area wildlife and fragmenting the extensive forest.  The negative impact on quality of life and property values is enormous.