French Creek State Park

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French Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(610) 582-9680

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Overview

Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United State of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp and bike. Those same habitats are homes to many animals and plants that are rare in this corner of the commonwealth. The heavily forested, scenic hills of French Creek State Park provide habitat for plants and animals in the ever-expanding urban environment of southeastern Pennsylvania. Large oak, poplar, hickory, maple and beech trees cover much of the park, with a sparse understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron and other brushy plants. Wetlands and pristine streams flowing through rich, damp creek valleys offer additional habitats for plants and animals. French Creek State Park is an Important Bird Area and Important Mammal Area as designated by the National Audubon Society and also has Pine Swamp, a State Park Natural Area. Set amidst the old, quaint and picturesque farmland of southeast Pennsylvania, French Creek offers two lakes--Hopewell and Scotts Run, extensive forests and almost 40 miles of hiking trails. The park naturalist leads walks and hikes and gives evening talks and demonstrations, during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

Map of French Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.212113, -75.775944

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat launching is provided at the 68-acre Hopewell Lake and the 22-acre Scotts Run Lake. Seasonal boat mooring spaces are available from April 1 to November 1 at each lake. Contact the park office for mooring information.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bike riders enjoy the over 20 miles of trails that climb hills, cross streams and pass through forests. The trails explore most parts of the park and are rated difficult riding. Mountain bikes are prohibited south of Park Road and in Hopewell Furnace NHS

  • Camping

    Camping is available year-round at 200 wooded, modern sites that are within easy access to shower and flush toilet facilities. Over 60 sites have electric hookups and more may be added in the future. Two round Mongolian-style tents are on a wooden deck and sleep four people in two bunk beds. Yurts have a cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table, chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring and picnic table. Three cottages sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, electric heat, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets.

  • Fishing

    Scotts Run Lake is a 22-acre cold-water lake offers excellent trout and other coldwater species fishing. Hatchery-raised trout are stocked pre-season, during the season and in the winter. Hopewell Lake is a 68 acres of prime water presents a challenge for anglers. A wide variety of Pennsylvania warm-water species are found at Hopewell Lake, including northern pike, chain pickerel, bass, walleye, muskellunge and many species of panfish. This lake is designated as a big bass lake and specific regulations apply.

  • Golfing

    The course winds through the woods by Hopewell Lake. This activity attracts visitors of all ages, year-round. Sometimes referred to as Frisbee golf, disc golf is a favorite sport for individuals and families. The challenge of tossing a flying disc through the woods is unmatched by any other sport. Friendly, local enthusiasts are always willing to give advice to first-time golfers. Score cards and maps are available at the course.

  • Hiking

    More than 35 miles of well-marked trails cover a large portion of the park's 7,730 acres. Hikers at French Creek have a wide variety of opportunities for quiet reflection, nature study and physical challenge. Trailhead parking is located in many convenient areas.

  • Horseback Riding

    With 8 miles of trails, horseback riding is popular. Horse-shoe Trail winds through the park and into adjacent lands. Horses are not permitted on other park trails.

  • Hunting

    The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 6,000 acres of the park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, pheasant and squirrel.

  • Picnicking

    Tables are located throughout the park with a picnic area by each lake. Picnicking near Hopewell Lake offers easy access to a peaceful place for a family picnic.

  • RVing

    Over 60 sites have electric hookups and more may be added in the future.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is offered at the swimming pool by Hopewell Lake from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. At fee is charged. The pool is near the shore of the lake and provides a beautiful setting for swimmers and sunbathers.

Directions

Driving

French Creek State Park is in Berks and Chester counties. You may reach the park from PA 345 south of Birdsboro, north of PA 23, and from the Morgantown exits (1A and 1 B) of the PA Turnpike.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(610) 582-9680

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