Explore the most popular walking 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
29 days 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
29 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
3 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.

hiking
3 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

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
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.

hiking
8 months ago

Slightly boring.

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.

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

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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

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
11 months ago

I'm giving this trail 5 stars despite the fact that it was impossible to actually find signs or markers designating the trail, because it was so fun and beautiful. Travel through town and park in the parking lot at the end of town by the empty white building. Three trails branch off over the bridge and behind the white building. This point is obvious. Beyond that, it's unclear which path is what trail. The left and right trail take you along the boulders and creek and is a great adventure. While this is rated as difficult we transversed the boulders with our two daughters (9 and 5) and our Pug, all of which handled the terrain well. After climbing boulders down the creek we did find a well maintained trail running parallel to the creek. It seemed to be marked with trees with blue paint and yellow dot, however very quickly this changed to a yellow paint mark only. We happened to run into a park ranger monitoring activity at the site and asked if we were on St. Pete's trail. He said it was the game commission trail, but if you followed the yellow marks, then onto the light blue marks its about a mile loop that ultimately brings you back to the parking lot, emerging from the center trail option after the bridge at the beginning. Along this hike, there are many smaller trails that branch off, destination unknown to us. The path at times is covered by a lot of loose rocks, so be careful where you step as you could easily twist an ankle. In any case, it was any easy hike, but loved by all. We will be back.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

In the begining, we didn't necessarily stay on Saint Pete's Trail...there were so many different small trails to take that we were not sure which one was which..nevertheless...we were not dissapointed! We came across some great rock formations, little creeks w. mini waterfalls, even a rope swing! There was so much excitment! I highly recommens this park to all who are ready to embark a mini journey (:

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trail needs to be marked a little better.. We got of the path a couple of times.. lots of different trails... We will be going back.. Oh and it needs a restroom.. Going to check out the shops next time too..

hiking
Monday, December 26, 2016

Good trail well marked, interesting scenery! Not to much elevation. Saw no other people awesome!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

This was the worst trail I've ever been on. The graffiti made me so sad. Not only were there penises and boobs drawn at least a dozen times, there were also racial quotes. It was appalling. Made me pretty upset. I wish people respected nature more. People respect nature more in rural South Carolina where I'm from. There aren't even racial slurs on trees there believe it or not.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Just to clarify some of the other reviews, which aren't specific to this trail. This trail is a loop, designated by blue trail markers with a yellow dot. The yellow trail markers are for an out and back trail, not the loop trail.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

I hiked this trail on a Fall Saturday late morning. It was very peaceful and quiet, only saw one other person on the section that merges with the Horse Shoe trail. Would definitely recommend wearing sturdy shoes, especially after leaves have fallen. Parts of the trail are very rocky and it was hard to see with all the leaf covering. This trail can be easily accessed from the campground by the connector trail - I just walked down the back of my campsite and I came right to it!

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

This was a fun trail in the fall. The parking lot for this trail is on Saint Peters Road, across from the West Hanover Winery (coordinates approximately 40.180170, -75.731318). The trail head from here is a small concrete foot bridge. Honestly, the hardest thing about this trail is figuring out where the heck it is - it's hard to sort legitimate blazes from graffiti, and there are several appealing trails that appear unmarked (I kinda think the actual Saint Pete's trail might be one of them). The yellow trail is actually Horseshoe Trail, I think, which is an out and back trail.

If you enter the trail at the footbridge and go left, you'll be heading south over rocks. Be careful as you move through these, and if you're uncomfortable with the rocky scramble, look uphill to your right and you'll find some easier terrain. Keep going south until you see yellow blazes - you want to follow them generally northwest or west (if you keep going south, you'll hit Ridge Road and probably want to double back). After about a third of a mile, the trail becomes quite easy and beautiful. I stopped to have breakfast on boulders at the meeting point of three trails, then continued on. You'll encounter a long, straight stretch that will eventually take you to Tryhall Road, where things will get confusing. This is at roughly the 1.75 mile mark, where the Alltrails map will tell you to hike a short ways down Tryhall Road to find a trail leading back the way you came. I couldn't find it, and I'm not sure it exists. The yellow blazes continue across the road - that's Horseshoe trail, which as I've said, is an out and back. However, following that trail a short distance across the road will take you to a lovely little pond.

From this point, I doubled back until I found an unmarked trail off to the left that followed a stream back to French Creek. This was a really lovely hike through some beautiful woods. It will feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, until you begin to spy the houses to your right. From there, just follow your nose back to French Creek and the parking lot.

If you'd like to hike with your dog, just stay off the rocks and proceed northwest from the parking lot instead of going south. If you have a skittish dog, try parking on the pull-off on Tryhall Road and taking the trail from there (I saw two people with dogs on that portion of the trail, and they were the only people I saw the whole time).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

this was ok. wear bright colors during hunting seasons.

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.

Friday, September 09, 2016

First time on this trial and I can't complain. I took what I assume was the blue path from the parking lot, past the painted boulders (a lot of fun to climb on) and continued onto the yellow trail. I walked for a bit over two hours before turning around and going back to the parking lot. Once you get past the boulders the terrain is less rocky and easy in my opinion but I wouldn't take my dog. Would definitely do this again.

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Directions on the app lead you right to the trail head parking lot. I took the yellow trail and it was nice. I thought it was an easy trail, fairly flat. There are many points where the trail forks so I'm not sure if I took the yellow trail the entire time. A LOT of the rocks are painted. I sort of wish I had known that the park was known for this so I could of brought things to paint a rock. I brought my dog and he did great with all the boulders but if you have a dog that is skittish or not good with obstacles, I don't suggest bringing him/her because you won't be able to see some of the best parts.

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