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Wildlife Watching at French Creek State Park

The heavily forested, scenic hills of French Creek State Park provide habitat for plants and animals in the ever-expanding urban environment of southeastern Pennsylvania.

Large oak, poplar, hickory, maple, and beech trees cover much of the park, with a sparse understory of mountain laurel, rhododendron, and other brushy plants. Wetlands and pristine streams flowing through rich, damp creek valleys offer additional habitats for plants and animals.

This large, diverse environment supports many animals that take advantage of the high-quality resources found at French Creek. Observant visitors might see:

  • Deer
  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Songbirds
  • Numerous other small animals and birds

The park is an Important Mammal Area as designated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The park sustains good populations of resident birds and animals, but also serves as an important stop for migratory species using the woodlands, streams, lakes, and wetlands for food and cover. The park is an Important Bird Area designated by the National Audubon Society.

The common birds brochure lists the birds most likely to be seen in the park and in which habitat:

Common Birds of French Creek State Park (PDF)

For detailed information about the geology of the area, DCNR's Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey created the:

Trail of Geology 6 - French Creek State Park (PDF)

Pine Swamp Natural Area

With characteristics like vegetated sphagnum hummocks and mucky, water-filled channels, the 90-acre Pine Swamp is a classic acidic broadleaf swamp containing rare species. To protect this natural resource the swamp is a State Park Natural Area.