Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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

3 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.

Great Park for hiking

6 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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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.

on French Trail

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Very very rocky. Get for hiking but you would need to be an expert in order to mountain bike this trail Goes between blue and yellow trails. You need to download map or you will get lost. We followed the map exactly and there was no fire tower to be had.

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

kinda a boring trail. bugs attacked my fave the whole entire time. some of the trail is a little rocky and with the leaves covering them, you could definitely hurt your ankles.

on French Trail

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It was awesome!... Except for the bugs that were bothering me the whole time, even I wore repellent

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Amazing trail ! So much to see and discover with all the art on the rocks and huge rocks you can sit on in the creek.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Nice

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nice hike, we had great weather. It's sad that the fire tower was not open. I'm sure there would have been some nice views.

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I did a partial hike of this trail on an unseasonably warm mid-December Saturday afternoon and only encountered a handful of people. I started at Scotts Run Lake and did about four miles. Nice trail, mostly flat with a couple small hills - nothing notable but time spent in the woods is time well-spent in my opinion, so I was happy to be there!

hiking
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Moderate trail. Fairly well marked. The trail has been re routed in a few spots. But overall a good hiking trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Leaves were slippery but the beat in paths and small burms were still fast and surprising dry. Rock gradens are tough for 26"

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Beautiful park. It is a local favorite.

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I did this in mid-July, but the lake makes it a little cooler.

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This was a beautiful trail. The pictures were in my stolen camera so I almost forgot the trip to this park.

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I did this last July. It was hot, but the lakes were beautiful. There were a lot of other hikers, so I guess it must be a local favorite.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

This was the green blazed trail and appeared to be recently re-marked so it was easy to follow. You do have to trust yourself when crossing the roadways but there are enough marks to find your way. Overall the hike is not overly difficult but there are not many views other than around Hopewell Lake. I went mid-week and it is extremely peaceful. So if you want a moderate hike that takes 2-3 hours depending on how often you stop this is perfect.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Moderate difficulty. Very Scenic.

cross country skiing
Friday, May 29, 2015

I have come here my whole life started out feeding the ducks and fishing. As I grew- hiking, camping and playing disk golf. It is and awesome place for the whole family!!

hiking
Monday, May 25, 2015

Awesome trails year round. Some gravel but mostly dirt paths with lovely sunset views around the lake.

hiking
Monday, April 20, 2015

Peaceful place to hike!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was just out today. Trail is Very muddy but that is really to be expected. One of my favorite parks because it's big enough to enjoy some peace and quiet.

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