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.
"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
"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
"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
"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