Turtle Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Turtle Trail is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Elverson, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

French Creek State Park is in Berks and Chester counties. You may reach the park from PA 345 south of Birdsboro, north of PA 23, and from the Morgantown exits (1A and 1 B) of the PA Turnpike. Entrances are located on PA 345; south of Birdsboro and north of PA 23. GPS DD: Lat. 40.19824 Long. -75.79285

3 months ago

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.

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.

7 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

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pleasant and easy- except for poor markings

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nice hike to check out park. Had a little trouble finding blazes at one point near lake.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fairly pleasant, easy hike with some very gentle hills. I actually did a combination of the Turtle and Ridge trails. Be warned, the trail map insists that the trail continues behind the fire tower. I saw something that *may* have been a trail at one time, but was completely unmarked and fizzled out about 50 yards in. I ended up just walking down the paved road to the Ridge trail and taking it back to where in connected up with the Turtle.

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