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Hiking at French Creek State Park

35 miles of trails

More than 35 miles of well-marked trails cover a large portion of the park’s 7,916 acres. Hikers at French Creek have a wide variety of opportunities for quiet reflection, nature study, and physical challenge. Trailhead parking is located in many convenient areas.

Boone Trail

6 miles, blue blazes, more difficult hiking

This loop trail connects all major attractions of French Creek, making it an excellent route to see the park. Start your trip at Hopewell Lake Boat Launch parking lot, Group Tenting Areas 13-18, campground contact station, or Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center (using connector trails). Several portions are steep and rocky, so wear sturdy shoes. It is closed to mountain bikes around Hopewell Lake.

Buzzards Trail

3 miles, yellow blazes with red stripe, more difficult hiking

Branching off of Raccoon and Mill Creek trails, this trail passes through the Baptism Creek drainage area in the eastern portion of the park.

Horse-shoe Trail

130 miles (8 miles in the park), yellow blazes, more difficult hiking

For hikers and horseback riders, this trail touches highlights of the park including Hopewell Lake and Scotts Run Lake. Horseshoe Trail runs 130 miles from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg. This is the only equestrian trail in the park.

Kalmia Trail

1 mile, purple blazes, more difficult hiking

This mountainside trail provides a pleasant experience through mature forests with scattered mountain laurel. Kalmia is the Latin word for laurel. Mountain biking is prohibited.

Lenape Trail

5.5 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking

Begin this hike from the campground contact station, Scotts Run Lake, Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center, or PA 345/Shed Road. Follow the solid green blazes to stay on Lenape Trail or venture off onto one of the many blazed trails that intersect this enjoyable trail.

Mill Creek Trail

6 miles, white blazes with a red stripe, most difficult hiking

Once leaving the trailhead at Shed Road and PA 345, you will not cross another road on this backcountry-type loop trail. Be sure to carry water and wear proper clothing and footwear. Consider using Raccoon and Lenape trails to add some variety for your return trip.

Raccoon Trail

1.7 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking

This trail serves as the most direct route into and out of the eastern portion of French Creek State Park. It starts 0.25 mile east of Hopewell Furnace’s main gate and ends at Mill Creek.

Six Penny Trail

3 miles, orange blazes, more difficult hiking

This trail offers visitors a glimpse of the historic Six Penny Recreation Area where dam ruins and the park's original picnic grounds can be seen. Use the connector trail (orange blazes with a green stripe) from the intersection of Boone and Lenape trails west of the campground to get to this loop trail. Most of this trail is closed to mountain bikes.

Turtle Trail

3.6 miles - white blazes - more difficult hiking

Circling through the western portion of French Creek, this trail offers a variety of easy hiking mixed with several challenging sections. Park in the lot along Firetower Road and follow the white blazes in either direction.

Trail Guidelines

  • Please stay on blazed trails
  • Double blazes indicate a change of direction in the trail
  • Camping is only permitted in French Creek's established campgrounds
  • Horses are permitted on the Horse-shoe Trail, and on the right berm of public roads (except in overnight areas)
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on any park trails
  • Mountain bikes are permitted on roads and approved trails only
  • All trails south of Park Road are closed to bikes