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French Creek State Park

Average Rating:    (4.16 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 69

Network of trails on well-maintained state park land. Maps provided at ranger station. Some trails closed to MTB (reserved for hiking). Various loops can be done from 4mi to 25mi in total. Good mix of trails - with the singletrack variety you'd expect out of a hilly Pennsylvania region. Addl nicies: popular tent camping in the park, couple of lakes, cabins for rent (call 1 year in advance)
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Latitude
40.218208442361444
Longitude
-75.76858520507812
Trail Directions
French Creek State Park, located in Berks and Chester counties, contains 7,339 acres. It is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 14 miles southeast of Reading. It is readily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and is located approximately 7 miles northeast of the Morgantown Interchange (Exit 22) on PA Route 345.
Trail Length
25 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Morgantown
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Review Date
July 29, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tim_from_PA ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Excellent singletrack with plenty of rocks. Plenty of climbing but you are rewarded with some sweet downhills, Mill Creek is especially good if ridden clockwise. Beware that the undergrowth in the recent forest fire area is very thick, and some of the trails are overgrown due to this. Also some of the trails are built in water drainage areas. Overall 5 stars though for the fact that these trails are natural with little to no manicured sections

Recommended Route:
I generally park at Scott Run Lake and go from there. Lenape, Mill Creek, Boon, and Turtle trails are all good.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt. Penn and Marsh Creek



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Review Date
June 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jeff ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lots of rock gardens. If it's rained in the past few days, those rocks gardens will be very slippery. I usualy start at shed road parking lot and take the green trail>blue trail>yellow trail>back to blue>back to green>car

Pretty good map here

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Review Date
June 18, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tmxownrsgrp ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride XC, DH, RD. For over 20 years. Just had a great family camping trip @French Creek Park. We rode the trails east of the park grounds. My rig is an Ellsworth Moment, this was great for the decent (very rocky, square edge & points).

If you have every ridden the harder trails at Ringwood NJ or Jungle Habitat NJ you will be prepared for what is in French Creek. The trails west of the camp sites have more flow and less rock.



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Review Date
March 11, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jhamm12 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode French Creek both days this weekend, I am a bit spoiled because I live less than 1/10 of a mile from it, so I have significant experience riding there. I have to agree with the previous review there was substancial downed trees everywhere, most likely from that freak snow storm earlier in the year. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks they will start to maintain the trails as the weather stays nicer. My route of choice is if you enter the park on firetower road there will be a parking area on the left where the Boone trail and Horseshoe intersect. The Boone trail continues on the right side of the road, there is a nice downhill section that drops you off on firetower rd again. Continue on the Boone trail(blue), be careful there is a bridge that is half falling down I had to walk the bike across, and a uphill climb through some rocky patches. You will then pick up the Horseshoe trail(yellow) taking a left, there is a nice downhill section leading to Scott's Run Lake from that point I pick up the Lenape trail(green) and do the entire Lenape loop. It is marked as only hiking in spots but I have never been bothered by rangers about riding on it. If you like a longer route when you get over past Hopewell Furnace there is the Raccoon trail, Buzzard trail and Mill Creek trails. Most of these routes are all uphill until you reach Shed road. Be ready for lots of rock gardens and some technical riding. My bike of preference is a full suspension more all mountain setup but I do ride it with my xc full suspension and a hard tail every so often to knock the dust off of it.

Recommended Route:
Firetower road enterance, Boone trail to Horseshoe trail to Lenape Trail. For longer tour add Mil Creek, Raccoon or Buzzard loops, but by that time your legs will be pretty well burnt out.



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Review Date
March 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Champpron ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode French Creek yesterday, started at 345 & Shed road, Took Mill Creek trail, white with red stripe. Long up hill battle in the beginning with tons of rocks. The decent was ok but rock garden after rock garden,and i am not talking about small rocks either. Actually wiped out on the way down. The trail had a lot of down trees on the path and not possible to log hop them, trail needs some work. Probolay because of the down trees I ended up off the trail and on Sycmore Road not far from Blackwood golf course, at the bottom of the mountain. I was going to take the trail back but it was a little too rocky for my taste and I was at the bottome of the mountain and only had about 1/2 of light left. So took Shed road back, had to walk half of it since it is a brutal climb.

Recommended Route:
Started at 345 & Shed Rd, Mill creek trail, tons of ROCKS and mor ROCKS

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Evansburg State Park



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