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Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site, Pennsylvania, USA, The Facts

Operating Hours
Improved Campsites
Improved Shelters, Cabins
Related Web Sites

Fees & Permits
What To See
Children's Activities
Mountain Biking
 Special Features
Backcountry Primitive Camping
Lodges or Motel Type Facilities
Major Airline Access
Food, Fuel & Shopping


Address:  top
2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA  19520

Phone:  top
(610) 582-8773

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Operating Hours:  top
Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, President's Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Fees & Permits:  top
$4.00 per adult over 17 years of age, Parks Access, Golden Age, Golden Access and Golden Eagle allow free entry.  Some programs require a $1 fee to participate

Climate:  top
Spring:  Cool.  Temperatures ranging from the 40'ies in March to the 80'ies by June
Summer:  Warm and humid.  Temperatures in the 80'ies to 90'ies, and can occasionally break 100 degrees, lots of shade from mature forest
Fall:  Cool and dry, but becoming wet in November.  Temperature ranging from the 80'ies in September falling to near freezing in December
Winter:  Cool, temperatures can fall close to zero on rare occasions, some annual snow fall, can be damp 

What To See:  top
Iron Masters mansion, iron furnaces, charcoal hearths and a variety of out buildings.  Nationally famous French Creek State Park is adjacent to the park.

Activities:  top
A large number of programs are available including Black History Month in February, Women's History Month in March, Sheep Shearing in Map, Living History demonstrations from June to Labor Day, Apple Harvest and Crafts in the fall, and an Iron Plantation Christmas in December

Children's Activities:  top
Engrossing place to visit for children, especially during the summer months for the hands on iron demonstrations and then a visit to the pool at adjacent French Creek State Park

Hiking:  top

  • Only a variety of short trails that connects the buildings is available

  • Adjacent French Creek State Park has almost 40 miles of backcountry and moderate difficulty trails.  Connections to these trails are in Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Mountain Biking:  top

Equestrian:  top

Paddling:  top

Special Features:  top

  • 14 Historical buildings restored and preserved offer a view into 19th century life in mid-Atlantic America

Improved Camp Sites:  top

Backcountry Primitive Camping:  top

  • None

Improved Shelters, Cabins:  top

Lodges or Motel Type Facilities:  top

  • None

Transportation:  top
Private vehicle and commercial tours only -- no public transportation

Major Airline Access:  top

  • Reading, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, 40 miles north

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 60 miles east

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 80 miles west

Accommodations:  top

  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 15 miles east

  • Reading, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest

Food, Fuel, Shopping:  top

  • French Creek State Park, just north, Memorial Day to Labor Day, small camping and food concessionary

  • Elverson, Pennsylvania, 3 miles south, surprisingly well stocked convenience store with gas station

  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 15 miles east

  • Reading, Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest

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