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French Creek State Park, Elverson

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French Creek State Park is a 7,977-acre (3,228 ha) Pennsylvania state park in North Coventry and Warwick Townships in Chester County and Robeson and Union Townships in Berks County, Pennsylvania in the United States. It straddles northern Chester County and southern Berks County along French Creek. It is located in the Hopewell Big Woods. The park is the home of two lakes: Hopewell Lake, a 68-acre (28 ha) warm water lake, and Scotts Run Lake, a 22-acre (8.9 ha) cold water lake. The state record smallmouth bass was caught in Scotts Run Lake. There are extensive forests, and almost 40 miles (64 km) of hiking and equestrian trails. The park is also friendly to mountain bikers, having some renowned technical trails. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, which features a cold blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance, is surrounded by the park. The Six Penny Day Use Area and Group Camp are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. French Creek State Park is located off of Pennsylvania Route 345 to the south of Birdsboro.

French Creek State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".
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  • Trails were a little confusing, but we had a great short hike around the lake. We looked for the fire tower but it was closed. The topography is beautiful! 
    Trails were a little confusing, but we had a great short hike around the lake. We looked for the fire tower but it was closed. The topography is beautiful!  more »
  • The park is beautiful. Miles of trails, two small lakes, disc golf course. The disc golf course was very well marked and so nice! We camped in Loop C (pet friendly electric site) for five nights....  more
    The park is beautiful. Miles of trails, two small lakes, disc golf course. The disc golf course was very well marked and so nice! We camped in Loop C (pet friendly electric site) for five nights....  more »
  • Rangers are looking to give citations. We got a citation for not having a boat permit for our kayak. We'd called to find out about bringing kayaks and were not told about needing a boat permit... 
    Rangers are looking to give citations. We got a citation for not having a boat permit for our kayak. We'd called to find out about bringing kayaks and were not told about needing a boat permit...  more »
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  • We came here for New Years as it was one of the only campgrounds around that was open at the time. They open 1 loop only and by the time we showed up 97% of the loop was booked. The campground was clean. Bathrooms were open and operational. They were warm and the showers were nice and hot. Some spots little closer to each other, other a bit more spaced out. Not sure if it was due to a holiday but when we were there the campground was self operational. No one was at the front. We did see some maintenance crew come through and a ranger but only once. No wood or or any type of store at the campground. But there arw locals selling wood right at the entrance of the park $5/bundle. The park also offers very nice group sites that are more private during regular season. It has a lake and a playground. A hole lot of hiking trails all around. We even noticed some tent campsites right off the trails. Over all its a very nice park at a very reasonable rate we will definitely come back here during summer time
  • We went for overnight camping at the park. The park is clean and the camp sites are marked clearly and were clean. There are enough trees between two camp sites to you some privacy. The crowd was also good - all families. The bathrooms were also clean and well located. There is a nice lake nearby where you can go fishing during the day. There are a lot of good trails for an active morning or evening bike ride or a stroll.
  • A park that still preserves its soul. My family and I were able to enjoy this spectacular nature reserve. Excellent parking area, clean restrooms, plenty of picnic tables and activity areas. Remember to pick up your trash, respect the privacy of other visitors and the fragility of nature.
  • The beauty of Mother nature is really on display here. Wondering hiking trails take you thru amazing forests. Plenty of ample campgrounds to enjoy. A magical lake surrounded by woods. The visitor center is very welcoming and helpful.
  • Beautiful park! I love checking out this park when I am passing through Pennsylvania, and it never disappoints! It's a great place for hiking, kayaking and a picnic lunch :) Even in the winter it is a beautiful place to get outside and explore!

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