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French Creek State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
French Creek State Park
Description - 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 which take advantage of the high quality of the resources found at French Creek.

This is a wonderful park to visit. There is a large variety of outdoor activities to please every taste. There is camping and cabins, a large swimming pool, numerous picnic tables, 30 miles of hiking opportunities and fishing in two separate lakes. In addition, there are two Frisbee golf courses, winding through the woods that attract visitors of all ages year-round.

The art of map and compass reading has made French Creek State Park a favorite stop for both novice and professionals. Considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America," French Creek has developed a permanent self-guided course for use by visitors of all ages. The objective is to locate markers in the park with the aid of a map and if you like, a compass. Traveling in groups or alone, running or walking, orienteering is a healthy, fun way to exercise both mind and body. Maps are available at the park office.

The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting. However, boundaries are very specific and well marked. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and wild turkeys are among the game animals that attract sportsmen.

Attractions - 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 which take advantage of the high quality of the resources found at French Creek. If you are observant while at the park you will see deer, squirrels, raccoons, song birds and numerous other small animals and birds. 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.

Recreation - French Creek is a wonderful park to visit. There is a large variety of outdoor activities to please every taste. There is camping and cabins, a large swimming pool, numerous picnic tables, 30 miles of hiking opportunities and fishing in two separate lakes.

In addition, there are two Frisbee golf courses, winding through the woods that attract visitors of all ages year- round. This activity is a favorite sport for individuals and families. The challenge of tossing a flying disc through the woods is unmatched by any other sport. Friendly local enthusiasts are always willing to give advice to first time golfers. Score cards and maps are available at the park office.

The art of map and compass reading has made French Creek State Park a favorite stop for both novice and professionals. Considered by some as the "Orienteering Capital of North America," French Creek has developed a permanent self-guided course for use by visitors of all ages. The objective is to locate markers in the park with the aid of a map and if you like, a compass. Traveling in groups or alone, running or walking, orienteering is a healthy, fun way to exercise both mind and body. Maps are available at the park office.

The combination of habitats at French Creek offers a variety of hunting opportunities. Over 5,000 acres are open to hunting. However, boundaries are very specific and well marked. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and wild turkeys are among the game animals which attract sportsmen. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations are in effect for all related activities with the exception of: 1) hunting of woodchucks also known as groundhogs is prohibited and 2) dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. Hunters are reminded to use extreme caution since many hiking trails cross hunting areas. Approximately 3 miles southeast of the park is State Game Lands No. 43, administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. These game lands consist of more than 1,800 acres of land and add considerably to the public land available to the sports persons of the area. A public firing range is located at the end of Laurel Road. Hunting on property belonging to Hopewell National Historic Site is prohibited.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The French Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - French Creek State Park is located off of Route 345, south of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, and north of Route 23. The park is in Berks and Chester Counties.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Early summer 2004 trip to French Creek was marred by massive inchworm and caterpillar infestation denuding trees and falling out of the trees onto campgrounds and getting into everything imaginable from food to hair. The forests were silent (no birds) and the fishing in the two lakes was really disappointing. This place has changed for the worst from when I was a youngster and camped there with the Boy Scouts.

Filed By: JAMES MEYER (exton, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My family and I had a wonderful time camping, at french creek park, The ride thru Chester county to the park was wonderful too. I recomend winding down rt 401. The camp sites were easy to use and the bathrooms clean, We incountered many nice people at the camp grounds. Next time I will take my boat as the two lakes looked inviting.


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Contact Information:
French Creek State Park, 843 Park Road , Elverson, PA, 19520-9523, Phone: 610-582-9680
, frenchcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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