French Creek State Park / Turtle Loop Professional Review and Guide
"French Creek State Park, one of the crown jewels of ht Pennsylvania State Park system, offers up to 7,339 acres of opportunity for the outdoor enthusiast. Located approximately 14 miles southeast of Reading, Pennsylvania, the forested hills of the park not only provide habitat to animals and plant life, but they also house over 32 miles of trails. Portions of the trails are open to mountain bikes and have become quite popular.
As you ride through the park’s rich forests, try to imagine large tracts of the park timbered completely off.That’s pretty much how it looked at the close of the nineteenth century. By the late 1700s,America had grown increasingly hungry for steel. Iron production required large quantities of iron ore, limestone, and charcoal. French Creek State Park was the site of one of the major players in the iron-producing industry, Hopewell Furnace. From 1771 to 1883, nearby Hopewell Furnace supplied America’s growing demand with resources drawn directly from the surrounding hardwood forests."