Nearby Attractions to French Creek State Park
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State Game Lands 43: Located about three miles southeast of the park, the 1,800 acres of public land is open for hunting. A public firing range is at the end of Laurel Road.
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center: South of Reading, Nolde Forest encompasses more than 665 acres of decidious woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails makes the center's streams, ponds, and diverse habitats accessible to both students and visitors.
Daniel Boone Homestead: This historical site in nearby Birdsboro tells the story of Daniel Boone's youth in Pennsylvania's Oley Valley. The site illuminates the daily lives of the regions 18th-century settlers through the eyes of the Boone, Maugridge, and DeTurk familes that lived there.
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site: Located adjacent to the park is a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance. Hopewell Furnace serves as an example of an early American ironmaking community. Ore for the furnace was obtained from the local area.
The iron produced was used to make many items including arms used by American patriots during the Revolutionary War period. The air needed to keep the furnace burning was provided by bellows powered by a huge water wheel that gathered its strength from the waters of French Creek.
During summer months, costumed historical interpreters demonstrate, describe and tell the story of Hopewell’s iron-making years (1771-1883). Hopewell Furnace is open to the public daily, from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., throughout the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
For more information, contact:
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
2 Mark Bird Lane
Elverson, PA 19520