Explore the most popular forest trails in French Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6.8 miles Very tough go today extremely rocky lot of washouts and the mosquitoes were awful. Other than that it was a great hike

Hiked after the rains. Agree that it was pretty muddy but watch for bees depending on the season. There were many small yellow jackets on the trail. Several of us were stung about 10 times in the vicinity of a nest in the ground. The next was barely visible and bees were. hard to tell they were bees. So just watch for these in late July and August. Trail was rocky but not difficult.

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1 month ago

Great trail with a few areas of steeper incline to get the heart really pumping. I did the entire trail, however, I would avoid the southern parts of the trail for the next few weeks until the bugs and flooding die down if you don’t want to deal with gnats and mud. The southern portion was super muddy, I was covered from the knees down by the time I finished. I was also followed by a swarm of bugs and mosquitoes the whole time, and walked through about 7 spider webs on the southern portion. Otherwise, the Boone trail is a really enjoyable, peaceful hike!

Hiked this after a storm last night. Wet & muddy, but that's why boots are made. Very nice hike, but the trails are poorly marked. Some signage would be great - Glad I had the All trails app). The bakery in St Peter's village is sweet (pun intended!).

hiking
1 month ago

It's not the hidden gem that it used to be but it's still a great place to hike. Most people stick to the lower area but if you're adventurous you can head up top and find an old quarry in the middle of the woods with a pretty cool overlook.

3 months ago

Neat for the kids and dogs : )

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3 months ago

Trail would be nice if it weren’t for all the graffiti and litter. A decent amount of people were around, and we were the only ones that actually leashes our dog. It’s a shame that others had to ruin the nature.

hiking
3 months ago

Not well marked out starting off. Followed blue and then yellow trail markers.

Lots of mud and washed out paths.

My dog loved it.

Cool graffiti and scenery.

Overall ok but maybe go when it hasn’t rained in awhile.

Take time to walk through the little town. Super cute and fun picture spots.

hiking
3 months ago

I love this place because of the cute little shops you can visit and the big rocks that you can hop across on the river. There’s an abandoned railroad bridge that is gated off from the world which is disappointing.

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3 months ago

Excellent wooded hiking trail. Well marked with orange blaze. Loop took us 2 hours.

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4 months ago

Nice walk, few areas of incline and rock scrambling but overall was not hard at all. went to Millers Point but couldn't see much. well marked trail and well maintained. Lots of dead ash trees such ashame. Would recommend

mountain biking
4 months ago

It was a awesome ride hit it in early April and the bugs weren’t too bad yet great technical ride

The Turtle Trail is listed as a 3.8 mile hike. It is inconsistently marked and, at times, terribly confusing. In the end of our hike it was 6.6 miles. This is the second time I had such an experience at French Creek. I believe their trail map is not to be trusted. It’s hard to follow and so are the blazes. What was meant to be an hour-ish hike turned into three hours. Now that I know the hike, it’s good training ground for trail running. Some consistent ups and downs. It hugs permitted hunting grounds and there’s not a whole lot happening; it just feels like French Creek; like Pennsylvania. I love that but I don’t know if everyone does. So, be careful. And bring water! I didn’t and that was a mistake.

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5 months ago

Snow caused our loop to be an out and back. Philly is 50 but there is 6 inches of snow Out here!!!

Lenape green trail good

walking up river via Boulder rock... stop and admire the hippy art work, place is full of good vibes

mountain biking
7 months ago

Poorly marked intersections left us guessing which way to go. Poor cell reception left us without trail map. Emerged from woods in someone’s back yard and rode roads back to start point. Trail was a fun ride until no trespassing signs.

7 months ago

Did turtle trail. Trail head I found was just a little ahead of park station on the left. Easily marked. Trail starts well marked but as you get further in toward smaller lake gets a little confusing. Make sure you get a topo at ranger station. All in all good hike, not terribly much to look at but it's hiking. Dam head, larger lake, nice place to check out and take a break. Quite a bit of more unexplored trails in park northeast of campground and north of campground. I'll give it another go at a later date.

hiking
7 months ago

I wrote this same review for the trail under “St. Peter’s Village The Rocks Trail”: Living about 20 minutes away, this is my go to hiking spot. The terrain is easy to tackle with plenty of trails throughout the woods, and lots of interesting art to look at (Although some people frown upon it, the art is what makes St.Petes unique. There are plenty of other hiking spots in PA if the paintings spoil the hike for you!). As long as you keep a sense of direction towards the entrance, it will be hard to get lost. One of the most known features among regulars is “Mushroom rock” which is a rock formation shaped and painted like a mushroom. Every now and then people will come through and change the colors of the mushroom. Towards the front of St.Petes is a portion of French Creek littered with massive boulders that are fun to hop around on. Night runs are always my favorite, with the terrain being relatively safe to traverse. It can get busy during the warmer months, but is never crowded at night (Though you need to park down the road due to the gravel lot closing before dark). If youre in the area and looking for a quick, easy, and unique place to hike, St.Petes is worth checking out! (One last note: in the parking lot and towards the front of the woods there is no service. A 5 minute walk into the woods will fix this problem).

Great Park for hiking

9 months ago

Easy hike, poorly marked. Not much to see. Wear orange during hunting season. This trail weaves in and out of active hunting zones

Well they must have redone the trail markers, however, I'm not sure which color I was supposed to be following. I was on yellow until there was a fork in the road and it took me in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately for me, I entered the trail after about 7 horses. Normally I can see and avoid the massive pee and poop piles on the trail, but since there were so many, they had already stomped it all into the leaves, rocks and dirt. It was really enjoyable to hike with my small dogs through two miles of gross smelly terrain.

Upon speaking to locals, the horses are out every weekend, so it wasn't just a bad luck experience.

The only saving grace was the river at the end... which I took a wrong turn to come across.

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I'm conflicted reviewing this trail.

I think it's a perfect length for a decent weekend venture that doesn't eat up the whole day (like a trip to the Pinnacle or Hawk Mountain), but it is by far the most "buggy" trail I hike -- and I hike a lot of trails in this area.

At French Creek, there is little difference between wearing repellent and not wearing it. By wearing some bug spray, you might not get bitten, but getting bitten really isn't the problem here, it's bugs continually landing on your face, hovering by your ears and dive-bombing you. The last three times I've been here I've spent at least 90% of my time needing one hand free to act like a windshield wiper for my face.

Folks, I'm from Florida and so I grew up with buggy trails, but French Creek feels like it was transplanted from the swamp lands (even though only some of it's terrain is mucky) and set in the hills of Southeastern PA.

I recommend this trail in the Fall and Winter, but by Spring and Summer I always finish the trail pissed off by the nuisance.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Slightly boring.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

This is a decent moderate trail for hiking. But beware, while there is a firetower at the top, there's a locked gate around, so you can't climb up it. And there are ZERO views along the way.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I had a great time on my recent outing. My only complaint is the trail markings. Tons of spray paint on the various rocks but the trail(s) aren't marked that well any longer. I will definitely go back because I'm adventurous but anybody that is looking for well marked trails beware.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Had a great time here with my son. My only complaint is that trails are poorly marked.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

A good add-on to my Boone Trail loop. Started from Hopewell Lake, took Boone Trail clockwise to Fire Tower Road, north of Scott's Lake, then Six Penny counter-clockwise, and then a bit of a shortcut by taking Lenape trail back to Hopewell Lake via Park Rd. A little over 7.5 miles altogether. No vistas, a few mushroom species, and a weird collection of abandoned metal objects - wire baskets, a fuel tank, shelves.

on French Trail

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Definitely longer than 6.5 miles. Tons of forest views that are pretty but not much else. Wear tons of insect repellent - the little gnats are annoying!

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