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French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

French Creek State Park, Camping

French Creek State Park
(run by the state of Pennsylvania)
843 Park Road
Elverson, Pennsylvania  19520-9523
(610) 582-9680, for reservations (888) 727-2757, up to 11  months in advance, reservation hours are Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
Season:  Year Round
Rustic Road, French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania, United States, Copyright 1999 OutdoorPlaces.Com, All Rights ReservedFacilities:  Total of 201 individual sites, 60 sites with 50 AMP electrical connections, flush toilets, showers, dump station, public phone, picnic table, fire rings, grills, playground, amphitheater, hiking trails, lake access, 10 improved cabins with electricity, heat and air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, wall to wall carpeting, sleeps up to six, sites are heavily wooded, rates vary, modern cabin weekly, $316 to $381, weekend $78.99 to $95 per day, weekday, $47 to $57 per day, campsites with electric weekly, $84 to $96, weekend $16 to $18 per day, weekday, $13 to $15 per day, campsites without electric weekly, $72 to $84, weekend, $14 to $16 per day, weekday, $11 to $13 per day, handicapped accessible facilities available.  Both improved and rustic group camping sites available. 

Rustic group camping is available year round, rates vary from $20 to $100 per night, improved group camping site is available from mid-April to mid-December, requests for permits must be submitted from January to March, rates vary from $25 to $125 per night with a maximum capacity of 135
Restrictions:  From mid-December to mid-April it is best to call ahead and check on park conditions, no park concessions available from Labor Day to Memorial Day
Closest Metropolitan Area:  Reading Pennsylvania, 25 miles northwest, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 65 miles east

 French Creek State Park, Hiking Trails In Detail

- Blue Blaze, 6 mile loop, moderate difficulty:  This trail goes through a number of features in French Creek State Park.  Hopewell Lake, the primitive group camping area, the main campground, and through a connector trail Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site are all accessed on this trail.  Some sections are rocky so good hiking shoes are needed.  The section around Hopewell Lake is closed to mountain bikes.
Turtle Trail - White Blaze, 3.6 mile loop (must take the Boone Trail or Horse-shoe Trail to access, moderate difficulty:  Circling around the western section of the park, the Turtle Trail gradually climbs when taking the western loop with several steep sections.  On your return leg you will be amazed by how long you continue to climb down in altitude.  Accessible to mountain bikes and horseback, the trail is relatively clean.
Quiet Pool Of Water, French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania, United States, Copyright 1999 OutdoorPlaces.Com, All Rights ReservedLenape Trail - Green Blaze, 5.5 mile loop, moderate difficulty:  Like the Boone Trail, the Lenape Trail starts at Hopewell Lake and twists and turns through a variety of features of the park.  Almost half of the trail goes through Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site.  Although this trail also goes to the main campground, the Lenape Trail goes to Scotts Run Lake to the south, where the Boone Trail skirts around the lake to the north.  Accessible to mountain bikes but not on horseback.

Six Penny Trail - Orange Blaze, 3 mile loop, moderate difficulty:  This trail is accessed from a gravel road leading north out of the main campground.  You can use the connector trail (Orange and Green Blaze) also to access this trail.  Cuts through the northern section of the park and runs along Six Penny Creek.  This trail is only accessible to hikers.

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