French Creek State Park

Elverson, Pennsylvania 19520

French Creek State Park

French Creek State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"According to the state park’s website, French Creek State Park has the “largest block of contiguous forest” between Manhattan and Washington, D.C. And it sure feels that way when you step onto the trail. Once you head into the woods on this trail, you leave everything behind.

The park is 7,730 acres and offers any kind of activity an outdoors lover might want, from camping and picnicking to hiking and biking. The park is also designated both an Important Bird Area and an Important Mammal Area by the National Audubon Society."

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Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area (Falcon Guides)
Bob D'Antonio
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"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." Read more
Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area (Falcon Guides)
Bob D'Antonio
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"French Creek State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for the general public. For mountain biker, there are over 22 miles of trails in the park where cyclists can hop logs, crank up steep hills, get wet crossing streams, and pedal through dense forests on some of the best terrain for mountain biking in Eastern Pennsylvania. But that could change. Mountain bikers need to get involved with maintaining the trails. The park rangers are pro-mountain biking, and with your help, it can stay that way. Terrain: Hilly, rocky, technical singletrack and doubletrack." Read more
"After you finish this 6.0-mile loop, you can visit historic Hopewell Furnace, a once- thriving industrial plantation built on the border of Berks and Chester Counties in 1771. See a restored ironworker’s village, complete with implements and tools, sheds, furniture, and houses." Read more
Best Hikes Near Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
John L. and Debra Young
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"After you finish this 2.5-mile loop, you can visit historic Hopewell Furnace, a oncethriving industrial plantation built on the border of Berks and Chester Counties in 1771. See a restored iron maker’s village, complete with implements and tools, sheds, furniture, and houses." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Susan Charkes
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"Explore the hills and forests where Daniel Boone learned to become a frontiersman; French Creek’s beauty is new and old at the same time." Read more

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6/18/2011
Really enjoyed this trail! There could be less of just constant rocks that make me feel like I'm riding a jack hammer. Plenty of fun rock sections and logs to hop though!
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5/31/2011
Easy-to moderate hiking trails with a couple of steep climbing. Some great views - including vegetation. Would do this again.
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7/28/2010
At about the 6 mile point, the bridge was out over the creek so we couldn't turn onto Main Street. Took the detour which took us about 4.5 miles out of our way. Not wanting to do an extra 9 miles RT in the 94 degree heat, we passed the turn onto Shed Road toward French Creek and stayed on the road we were on. At about the 12-mile point, we picked up the Schuylkill River Trail's Thun Trail and followed that to Birdsboro. From there we followed South Center Road back to the Daniel Boone Homestead. Total ride approx 16 miles.
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9/7/2009
Trail was marked well. Pretty rocky and loose packed at times. Beautiful being in the woods, but not the most senic trail. Stopped at a creek and put my toes in for a minute. Would do it again.
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9/21/2008
The ride was hillier that we had thought. the beginning and end are through farmland and is great. The highway was busier that we also thought. It is a great ride for those who need hill training.
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9/1/2008
I view myself as a moderate skill level and I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. The map on this site is very outdated so I highly recommend contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (PA DCNR) to get an updated map. Otherwise, it is a beautiful area and I highly recommend the ride.
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8/14/2008
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6/9/2008
These trails are fun but if you really want to ride what French Creek has to offer then Race the "on the rocks at French Creek" race in the mid spring, part of the mid atlantic super series. It lets you go on all the trails that you otherwise would not be "allowed" on. And they, are where it really gets fun! It is very rocky but worth it.
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Trail Information

Elverson
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Several Options
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Moderate
Skill Level
Daily, sunrise–sunset
Season
Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Views
Features
USGS Elverson
Local Maps

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Dec 2018