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Great trail and really surprising that this is in the city. It's good for a leisurely walk, running, or biking. You can take smaller trails that are off of the main path if you want a more challenging hike.

13 days ago

Nice hike with variety of scenery (rocks, stream crossings, etc). Be warned, if has rained heavily in past few days, many of the springs flow right down most sections of the trails. Although hiked this on cool November day, have done this in the past during Spring/Summer and would agree with other reviewers that the gnats/bugs can be pretty bad on the eastern trails of French Creek.

Made this into a larger loop by taking the first unnamed trail off to the left which returns back to main trail a little before trail to Miller's Point. This 1.9 mile section of trail is not marked at all on the French Creek State Park map, but would be worthy addition...if it only had actual blazes on it. There are very faded maroon blazes with white in center down hill of 1st mile, but once you get to the power line clearing, the blazes stop and you have to locate the trail on your own the rest of the way back up. Do not recommend unless you have AllTrails/GPS app with signal. Without those issues, it would be a nice extension to the French Trail hike (about 8.7 miles) as the trail is much thinner and more remote feeling on it. The spider webs during warmer weather would probably be terrible given the minimal traffic.

In all honesty, I’ve been to this park for years as a child and have never realized that there were multiple trails in this park. I’ve been on my first one and have enjoyed it dearly.

Paved walking and biking trail. Nice views and relatively flat.

20 days ago

Family friendly trail, completed the 5 mile loop with a preK age child and an infant in a stroller.

Good place to walk, clean, safe. People are friendy.

1 month ago

You could walk and explore Longwood for hours and miles and still not see the entire place. If you're looking for something a little quieter, the meadow is filled with wildflowers and wild grasses and has a few miles of paths. They are well kept so you're not wading through tall grass. Not many people walk back behind the chimes tower, though that is another lovely place to stroll; a bit hilly, tons of huge old trees, secluded. Most of Longwood's paths are paved, aside from the meadow. You can really have a nice walk anywhere around the grounds and through the conservatory, just depends on whether you want to deal with tons of people. The best times to go for lighter crowds are first thing or last thing during their open hours, or try to visit on a weekday.

1 month ago

The gnats are terrible. Not worth it.

must love giant rocks!

Absolutely gorgeous! Highly recommend for beginners

Great for a quick bike ride. Takes less than 1 hour to complete the 6.0 mile loop. the terrain is mostly flat with some gradule slopes and one slightly larger hill near the nature center. There are lots of people with dogs, people fishing, kayaking, running, biking, etc. This one takes the 5 stars not because of the difficulty, but because of the scenery and because is is very well maintained.

Could be so much better. Trails, when marked at all, are confusing due to graffiti. There’s no signage to denote where each trail leads and the blaze color. If you hike with a dog be aware that there are no trash cans at the trailhead or in the immediate vicinity so be prepared to drive with a smelly poo bag. At the least the county needs to step in and clean things up. For a nicer time, head down the road to Warwick Park

Love this loop

Good beginners trail. Enjoyed the walk. Three hours with nature!!!!

Great hike, devils pool is refreshing.....but rocks are very slippery! Hardly any restrooms though

nothing better for chill walk

absolutly beautiful

It is a good trial did it with my family any bike works and it was a breeze but the kids had some trouble going up the hills

Love!! Went here because it’s close to my sisters in the city but still on the way from Chalfont area. Hike was a workout and kicked my butt! (In the best way of course). I loved that it was easy enough but harder than most of my go-to trails. Will definitely be returning :) watch for the little spiders that build their web right across the trails!

4 months ago

I love the paved trail around the lake. Plenty of docks to get out on the water. Trail is sometimes tight with high traffic walkers and bikers. Always beautiful photo opps. Decent nature hike trails weaving through the woods too. Plenty of geocaches to find. Be sure to check out the peace valley lavender farm across the street. They have a gift shop and lavender usually blooms in June.

Great trail for beginners. Beautiful place, not crowded at all. Creek and waterfall were nice.

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is a very good beginners path for biking.

good variation and scenic walk with my dog.

Great experience!

5 months ago


Very nice
Worth the 30 min. Drive

There are several spots where you can go into French Creek. It’s fun to explore all the rocks people have painted. While others complain of this taking away from the beauty, I think it adds a fun aspect to a hike. At the trailhead (3 way split) go straight, if you have a few hours, and make the long hike to the quarry. It’s beautiful and good swimming spot.

This was our first visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park and it won’t be our last. The trail is paved most of the way so it is perfect for an easy walk through history. The last mile or so is near a busy road, but besides that the experience was very enjoyable.

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