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French Creek State Park Loop with Horseshoe Trail

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 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The forests of French Creek are a nicely wooded destination in Southeast Pennsylvania to find great singletrack trails.


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

Loop

947' 289 m

High

564' 172 m

Low

673' 205 m

Up

673' 205 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Wildlife

Overview

French Creek State Park offers access to large swaths of woods with a variety of terrain and features. This loop offers a nice mix of highly navigable trails using part of the well known Horseshoe Trail.

Need to Know

Parking was free, I did not have to pay any park fees. On my first visit, I grabbed a map at one of the pull outs; there are markers on the trees and signs at most intersections. There is camping in the park. I've heard it is popular with mountain bikers, and it is near state game lands for hunting. There are some lakes, boating, and fishing as well, so it's a diverse area.

Description

This route goes over and through mountains and ridges. Steady climbs and technical sections are intermixed with smoother downhills. Overall, it follows well-groomed trails and is easy to navigate. Expect classic Pennsylvania woods, with a mix of hardwoods and oak and abundance of smaller rocks and leaves.

There are no super long or highly loose sections; this loop was fun and pleasant with just the right mix of terrain. When I was there, it was quiet, and I found plenty of solitude. There are many trails in the area that you can extend or link up with. There are some signs and maps at nearly all the road crossings. I've heard that the area is popular with mountain bikers, and I did hear a lot of hunting activity. You'll pass through some camping areas too.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, laurel, and a mix of hardwoods. There are rivers and streams and moss-covered rocks throughout.

History & Background

There is lots of history in the area. It is near a the Hopewell National historic site. I did not see any major historical buildings, but the area surrounding it has a lot of history, and I'm sure there are opportunities to find out out more. There are signs, and the area does draw sightseers. The surrounding fields and woodlands were retained and are administered by the National Park Service as Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. This was used to provide steel for the weapons in the Revolutionary War. There are re-enactments held there.

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Jeff Williams

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Photos

View of Scott's Run Lake
Apr 5, 2020 near Birdsboro, PA
The rocky uphill on Six Penny Trail takes some concentration.
Dec 26, 2016 near Birdsboro, PA

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Jun 1, 2020
Julia M
May 24, 2020
Monica Santos
Beautiful day! 6.6mi
May 24, 2020
Roberto Rodriguez
6.5mi — 3h 15m
Apr 4, 2020
Itai Iloni
6.2mi — 2h 48m
Dec 28, 2019
Kristy Caltabiano
6.1mi
Jun 14, 2019
Paul Bigas
Nice beautiful day for a hike. 5.7mi — 2h 37m
Dec 27, 2018
Michael Borda
Great hike. Little wet in areas. 6.6mi
Sep 30, 2018
Sladjana Vasic